2020 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Winner: Liyang Museum | CROX

Liyang Museum is located in the southeast corner of Yan Lake Park in the new urban district, connecting an urban public space to the new nature.

Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2020

Liyang Museum
Cultural Architecture Built



Design Team
C.R. Lin, Darcy Chang, Dr. Zheng-Hao Song, Yue Jiang, Saunaam Yip, Tian-Ye Zhou, Jia-Yi Zhu, Li-Dong Sun, Nicky Ni, Shangyuan Academy



©Xia Zhi

The perfect combination of terrain tells about landscape culture and creates an oriental poetic life. The organic lines and undulating mountains compose melodious music in the mountain forest that creates an open attitude welcomes people from all directions.

Place Spirit

The Chinese instrument, Jiaoweiqin, is one of Liyang’s cultural symbols which is the origin to build the city temperament. Architect C.R. Lin created the concept in the background of this story and transformed this historical antiquity into an architectural form.

From an oriental point of view, architecture is seen as parts of the nature, which contains both inner and outer space; a space that connects human, earth and universe.

Construction Material

The team has considered the relationship between melody and nature, human and architecture interaction, delivering a poetic visualization process of culture and life senses. Design concept contains: XUANGE (hang&sing), LIUZHUANG (flow), it creates a conversation between what is essential space and what is oriental architecture.

Liyang Museum’s top part is a floating architecture. It feels like poetry, smooth and thoughtful. The hollowed body contains “past, present, and future” exhibition halls. It locates beside the Yan lake, providing multiple access and crossing views, referring to the theory of architecture scholar Colin Rowe’s. Additionally, the design emphasizes in buildings accessibility and combination of multiple concepts.

Free Space

The floating architecture sits on hills that meets the museum’s functionality, reversely become its bottom. The organic shape blends and extends into surrounding land, forming a natural feeling that welcomes people to visit the architecture causally.

The entrance plaza is located in the southwest, right under the museum’s floating body. As the main entrance, connecting and bringing visitors to museum’s central courtyard. In the day time, the green spot drawing people around to embrace the nature. At night, it sits on top of the courtyard, acting like an open window that lightening the sky. This floating melody embarks this small town’s city life into a memorable story that transcended the limits of time and space.

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