MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China. MVRDV won with a design referring to the speech balloon: a series of eight speech balloon shaped volumes create an internally complex museum experience of in total 32.000m2. Part of the project is also a series of parks on islands, a public plaza and a 13.000m2 expo centre. Construction start is envisioned for 2012, the total budget is 92 million Euro.
Comics and animations have long been considered a form of entertainment for the younger generations but develop more and more into a sophisticated art form. The initiative for a museum especially for this relatively recent art form creates a platform which will unite the worlds of art and entertainment. By using one of the cartoons prime characteristics the speech balloon the building will instantly be recognized as place for cartoons, comics and animations. The neutral speech balloon becomes 3d.
Co architect: Zhubo Architectural & Engineering DesignCompany, Shanghai
Exhibition design: Kossmann de Jong, Amsterdam, NL
Structure, Sustainability and MEP: Arup, Shanghai