A very new and unique museum has recently been opened in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Designed by Beijing-based MAD architects, the Ordos Museum reflects both the traditional cultural heritage of the area while looking forward to a progressive future for the city. Residents are invited to relax in the surrounding plazas or take in the views from the observation deck. Built on top of a small hill, the exterior is covered in metal plates and the billowing surface of the design helps to protect it against the region's harsh weather.
Another interesting part of the outside facade is the glazed roof that allows for light, while metal slots provide natural ventilation. The atrium is a large cavernous space. There are built in bridges that travel throughout the space to help visitors tour the building efficiently without having to go through the exhibitions. Care has also been taken to supply the employees with a comfortable and efficient work environment with offices found bordering the museum's internal garden.
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