The World’s First Rose Museum opened to the public in Beijing, China

The Rose Museum China

NEXT architects Rose Museum in Beijing, China

On 23 May 2016, the world’s first Rose Museum in China officially opened to the public. This is the same day as the start of the 2016 World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) Convention. “The Rose Museum in Beijing aims to create a new architecture for China, in which history and modernity, art and architecture blend,” explains NEXT architects China partner Jiang Xiaofei. For this unique building, NEXT Architects China designed a solid museum volume covered by a silk-like skin of stainless steel with a papercut pattern of Chinese roses.

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The Beijing Rose Museum is the main venue for the 2016 World Rose Convention, in which over thirty countries participate. In this 100 hectare rose park over 2.000 species of roses will be exhibited (

Roses and floriculture are deeply rooted in Chinese Culture, dating back at least to the 11th century B.C. To showcase this history and the rose culture in general, NEXT architects designed a large-scale, new museum building. The Rose Museum China is covered by a soft, stainless steel facade of 300 meters long, 17 meters high that are perforated by a rose-shaped pattern. This detached skin creates four half open courtyards between the facade and the main museum building, where the rose pattern creates an ever-changing play of light and shadow. The way in which these open spaces are embraced and enclosed by the building strongly reminds of the traditional Chinese walled-off courtyards. At night the building inverts itself: the museum façade lights up and projects shadows of flowers outside the building.

The design was selected in an international competition in 2014 for its capacity to combine tradition and innovation, inner- and outer spaces. Throughout the ages, the Chinese walled-off courtyard epitomized traditional Chinese architecture and culture; it became the “ideal model” to embody social hierarchies as well as the harmony between man, house, and nature. This is especially true in Beijing, where the courtyard architectural model stands at the basis of common people’s housing, but also more complex structures such as temples and palaces. The enclosed spaces of the courtyard offered privacy, protection, and marked the — spatial and ideological — boundary between “inside” and “outside.”

NEXT architect’s design for the Museum of Rose in China takes this theme as its point of departure and plays with these oppositions by creating a new version of the historical Chinese courtyard. This time, the semi-transparent walls do engage with the surrounding space, in contrast to the solid heart of the museum building. John van de Water, a partner at NEXT architects, tells that: “The main challenge with the China Rose Museum was to find a modern Chinese identity for a building which significance is so deeply rooted in Chinese culture.”

Project Info:
Architects: NEXT architects
Team: John Van De Water, Jiang Xiaofei, Wangyan, Shenyaosen, Jiang Lai, Gao Shuang, Wang Xiao
Client: Beijing Tianheng Building Design Consulting Co., Ltd.
Type: Museum Space
Location: Beijing, China
Collaborator: Beijing Tianheng Building Design Consulting Co., Ltd.
Size: 17.000 M2
Material: Stainless Steel
Contractor: Beijing Tianheng Building Design Consulting Co., Ltd.
Photographer: Xiao Kaixiong

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