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In the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, the Ordos Museum stands as a bright shell protecting the local culture from the encroaching urbanism.  It was conceived as a reaction against the strict geometry of the city’s masterplan.  Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s “Manhattan Dome," MAD Architects designed the museum to resemble the sloping hills of the Gobi Desert, on which the city is located.  The museum’s exterior is constructed of polished copper-colored metal that reflects and bends its linear surroundings.  Inside, a canyon-like corridor connects the entrances on the east and the west, creating a continuous flow from inside to outside.

Photography by Iwan Baan

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Tags: MAD Architects, Mongolia, Ordos Museum, architects, architecture, cultural, museum

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