Frank Gehry reveals images for Chinese art museum competition

Frank Gehry has released images of his shortlisted entry for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in Beijing.

While shortlisted alongside Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel, there had been no official announcement of the winner; however, the Financial Times reported that work is to commence on Nouvel’s building.

‘We realised the project from concept through to a full scale mock-up [of the cladding] that we manufactured in Beijing,” said David Nam, partner at Gehry Partners. “The project was developed in depth over one and a half years through three stages of competition.”

“To our knowledge the Chinese government has made no official announcement [about the winner of the competition],” he added.

Gehry’s design features translucent stone cladding with an interior made up of a series of tall, geometric courtyards.

Estimated to attract up to 12 million visitors per day, the National Art Museum of China will become the busiest art gallery in the world as well being the showpiece of a new cultural district.