The Sweep of History: PeNDA Designs Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts

For the Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing, PeNDa used computer modeling to give curves radii ranging from 1½ to 10 feet. Photography by Xia Zhi.

In the main gallery, Liu Wei’s oil on canvas Landscape occupies its own wall.Photography by Xia Zhi.

Back-painted glass fills some apertures. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Flooring is self-leveling poured concrete. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Stainless steel frames the stair balustrade. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Oak planks line the basement, including a corner later furnished as a tearoom. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Pendant fixtures, fitted with LEDs, illuminate the information desk. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Chen Wenji’s Solar Eclipse in oil on aluminum hangs in the main gallery. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Stucco differentiates the museum’s facade from adjoining buildings’ cement tile. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Solid-surfacing tops cabinetry in the tearoom’s kitchen. Photography by Xia Zhi.

A steel framework, clad in skim-coated gypsum board, creates the curves. Photography by Xia Zhi.

Tang Hui’s People on Different Roads, an acrylic on linen, appeared in the museum’s debut show, “Open Sesame.” Photography by Xia Zhi.

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