MoAE – Huamao Museum of Art Education


2014 - 2020


China, Ningbo, Dongqian Lake




Small on the outside and immense inside.

A Museum must be big. Inside.

A Museum must be bright. Inside.

The Art Education Museum is a small Museum that is immense inside.

Leaning against on the hillside, its undulating form hovers above the ground.

It is intriguing in its elegance and in its mystery.

Nothing is obvious in this little building.

The public entrance is reached after passing around the form of the building and experiencing an imposed, absorbing compression, to then be released into a vast space, the full height of the building, where a snaking ramp links all the floor levels.

This exercise of compression and release is constant during the visit.

This diversity in routes and the interconnection of spaces makes this small building vast inside.

Its volume is equally challenging.

From the exterior it is suspended above the ground as it undulates in its metal cladding.

It reflects the ever-changing daylight that makes the form move and transform. Incessantly.

Inside, the introspective calm of the exhibition spaces contrasts with the movement of the visitors circulating in the enormous void.

Dynamism is taught through Art.

Size doesn’t matter, but a Museum must have a Big Soul.



Carlos Castanheira


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Álvaro Siza


Carlos Castanheira

Office in Portugal:

CC&CB, Architects, Lda.

Project Architect:

1st phase (schematic design):

Luis Reis, Elisabete Queirós, Pedro Carvalho

2nd phase (design development/construction):

Pedro Carvalho

Project Team:

Jorge Santos,

Joana Soeiro,

Sara Pinto,

Susana Oliveira,

Francesca Tiri,

Rita Ferreira,

Diana Vasconcelos,

Inês Bastos.

Luísa Felizardo

3D models and renderings:   

Germano Vieira,

Sara Noronha

Portuguese consultants:

Light design:

Alexandre Martins – GPIC

Acoustical engineering:

Filipe Andrade Santos

Local Partners:


Zhejiang Huazhi Architecture Design Ltd

Local management & supervision:

Chunyi Liu, Architect

Office in Ningbo:

Design institute of Landscape & Architecture – China Academy of Art


Hangzhou MJP Mechanical & Electrical Design Consultant Ltd

Construction Company:

Zhejiang Wanhua Construction Ltd


Escala Reduzida




2021 – Awarded by the international platform Archdaily in the category: “Cultural Architecture Building of the year 2021″,  Ningbo, China

2023 – Awarded the Sanlian City Humanity Awards 2023Architectural Contritution Award