The Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, completed in 2014, is based on the simple concept that ‘If cave-paintings were the earliest transmitted art, the caves were our first museums and galleries. An arch is a structural interpretation of a cave.’ Fittingly, arches of varying sizes follow the layout of the gallery, guiding visitors from one room to the next.

Two years later, Precht completed a second project – the neighbouring Hongkun Art Auditorium. Both buildings are linked by the arch motif and sweeping curves, while embracing different materials that give each project their own personality.

Our love for arches as a structural element, but also as a welcoming gesture and symbol of entrance manifested itself in this project. With the reflective walls, the arches transform from a physical to a intangible element and connect with each other to one endless swing.
Precht Architects

From the gallery