Comic and Animation Museum by Dutch Firm MVRDV

MVRDV Comic and Animation Museum

MVRDV Comic and Animation Museum

MVRDV Comic and Animation Museum

 

Speaking of typology, Dutch firm MVRDV has won an international competition for the design of the Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China with a scheme of concrete speech bubbles. Yes, the same bubbles that typify comics will cluster together and serve as a museum for… comics. It seems obvious but creates a structure both surprising and humorous, maybe even comedic.

The architect describes the evolution of comics as “develop[ing] more and more into a sophisticated art form.” Which, in a way, stands at odds with the idea of inflating a speech bubble with concrete. However unsophisticated the conceptual operation, the conceptual result is a variety of spaces that do appear sophisticated and compelling. That is, if you can see around the Kung Fu Panda and the Pokemon.

Alex

1 Comment Comic and Animation Museum by Dutch Firm MVRDV

  1. Chiara May 11, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Such an intriguing design! I love how spacious it is, and that it feels as if it’s a space from out of this world.
    I actually live next door to MVDRV’s office. Wonderful to see what they are doing in there, sometimes till 1 am! I will sometimes come home from dinner and drinks downtown, and ‘ll see that the lights are still on and people are still sitting in front of their computers or building maquettes. It’s crazy but apparetnly worth it!

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