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The Ningbo Museum of Art and Education, on the east coast of China, by architect Álvaro Siza with Carlos Castanheira, won the Building of the Year 2021 award, in the Cultural Architecture category.
The building of Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira was a finalist in the Cultural Architecture category, together with the Audemars Piguet Museum, in Le Brassus, Switzerland, the Qujiang Chinese Art Center, in Xi’an – Shanxi, the Experimenta building, in Heilbronn, Germany, and with MEETT – Toulouse Congress and Exhibition Center.
The Cultural Architecture category is one of the 15 that make up the awards of the international architecture platform, and the project by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira was the only one of Portuguese architects among the finalists, in this edition.
The museum designed by Portuguese architects, located next to Lake Dongqian, is about six thousand square meters and was opened last November. Instead of stairs, the 25-meter high building has a barrier-free ramp connecting the five floors and is lit only by windows located on the ground floor and at the top of the museum.
The Ningbo Museum of Art and Education is a project by the private Chinese group Huamao Group. The president of this group, Xu Wanmao, invited Álvaro Siza to lead the project, after visiting the Serralves Museum, which the artist designed, in Porto.
The 75 finalists – five in each category -, for this 12th edition, were chosen by voting by ArchDaily members, between 26 January and 10 February, from the 4,500 projects submitted and published on the platform, throughout 2020 The winners can be seen here.