New Dalian Planning Museum in China, by 10 Design, is a modern, first-class venue for offices and exhibitions in the heart of the government district, advocating cultural engagement within the city. It is one of seven municipal civil projects funded by Planning Bureau – along with library, urban planning exhibition, scientific center, museum, and teenage activity center. Building’s sculptural appearance is in a direction of promoting landmark architecture in Dalian. Striking edifice is also a temple of technical innovations and progressive sustainable concepts.
Clearly inspired by nautical forms, the design also aims to become a symbol of technological perfection and green architecture. Museum’s envelope is active and maintenance-free – the building uses photo catalytic nano-coating of titanium dioxide on the outer zinc rain screen to neutralize air pollution and remove dirt. UV lights powered by photovoltaic cells perform the cleansing reaction at night, while incorporating a figure of a blooming flower, an important symbol to this Chinese city. The great fact is that this dramatic performance comes at no cost – nano-coatings are simple paints in a very thin layer.
A layer of polymer coating of the inner aluminum façade increases thermal insulation up to 20 percent, while also providing fungal resistance.
Due to avoiding negative solar exposure, east and west façades are minimized and all entries are removed from the direction of dominant winter northern winds, in order to optimize passive solar strategies. Submarine-shaped, almost floating building is a prototype, serving as a bright example for future green projects and sustainable design within the region.