Of the design, Nouvel describes it as inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke.”
The museum’s new site will have seven times more space than the current one in the Dongcheng District, near the Forbidden City. The site will be in the Olympic Village, further away from the Forbidden City but within ancient Beijing’s historical access.
According to Archinect, the new NAMOC will be 1.4 million sf and will house various collections of 100,000 pieces from the 1500s to contemporary times. The museum’s primary exhibition will be calligraphy and 21st century Chinese art. The museum will include temporary and permanent exhibition galleries, a research and education center, reserves an auditorium, and public and administrative spaces.
Other star architects who submitted designs back in 2012 for the competition include Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Gehry.