The building housing the Tsinghua Art Museum (TAM) is the result of a competition project of 2002. It is in the Campus of the Tsinghua University in Beijing and was inaugurated in September 2016. The building is a long parallelepiped placed between the rectorate building to the west anche the Campus boundary road to the east. It is clad in horizontal bands of pink granite, smooth or split. It consists of four exhibition levels and is characterized by a big portico with huge columns facing the broad open space to the south. The portico leads to the lobby, where a majestic staircase crossed the whole building lengthwise and leads to the upper exhibition gloors. The big central space created by a staircase is the distinctive feature and the heart of the building: a kind of spatial caesura that allows visitors to perceive the space between the ground floor and the ceiling, characterized by a grid of skylights that let the natural light flood the last exhibition floor. It occupies the whole surface and can be divided in different rooms according to the exhibition programmes and paths. In the Campus, the building gives a balanced relationship between the open spaces and the interiors: a covered plaza that generously welcomes the visitors.
Photo credits: Enrico Cano