Previously built as a grain mill during the 1950’s, yudian design transforms this 800 sqm building into an airy museum of western regions, located in the nanshan grasslands near urumqi city, China. Nestled in the northern Chinese wilderness, the dongzhuang building resembles an off-white stone that’s rolled down the mountain, standing serenely and naturally in the open Gobi desert. the design respects the framework and ecological diversity of the local wildlife by having a ‘transparent’ presence. The building’s solidity is due in part to its former life as a grain silo and also as a shield from the region’s harsh winters and scorching summers.




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