Jean Nouvel has won the competition to design the National Art Museum of China. The structure—to be designed in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD)—takes its cues from the fine strokes of calligraphy, according to the Financial Times.
Nouvel also told the newspaper that the museum will be based on a single brush stroke. “Pupils [of calligraphy] used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush,” the French architect said in the interview. “That first line contains all of Chinese culture—painting, writing, and the energy of Chi.”
Nouvel was shortlisted for the project last year with Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.