- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 24 Jan 2017
In May 2016, the Rose Museum, located in Beijing, China, opened to the public. Billed as a 'world first’, the museum is characterised by a 'solid' volume covered by a silk-like skin of stainless steel with a paper-cut pattern of Chinese roses.
Designed by NEXT architects, the museum "...aims to create a new architecture for China, in which history and modernity, art and architecture blend." The architects were inspired by the roses and floriculture which are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, as well as by traditional Chinese architecture, in particular, walled courtyards.
The stainless steel façade is 300 m long and 17 m high, perforated with a rose-shaped pattern. There are four half-open courtyards between the façade and the main building, in which the rose pattern creates an interplay between light and shadow. At night, the façade is illuminated and projects rose shadows outside the building.
The Rose Museum was completed in time to host the 2016 World Rose Convention.
Images copyright Xiao Kaixiong.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building of the week series.
- China Philharmonic Hall.
- Dali Theatre and Museum.
- Dancing House, Prague.
- Dunmore Pineapple.
- Kunsthaus Graz.
- Lotus Temple.
- National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing.
- Office Center 1000 Kaunas.
- Phoenix International Media Center, Beijing.
- Sage Gateshead.
- Titanic Belfast.
- Unusual building design of the week.
- Xili Sports and Cultural Centre.
Featured articles and news
1 minute read.
An alternative to secondary ventilation stacks in tall buildings.
How to deliver the infrastructure the country needs.
Protecting employees from hearing damage.
One of the largest office buildings in the world.
Who holds the risk for COVID-19?
Insights from New York.
A quick introduction to a very complicated subject.
CIOB suggests the economic reach of construction is double the official figures.
The first US building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding In-Use.
70 buildings from 70 years of Concrete Quarterly. Book review.