A reflection of Chinese water management

Inbo’s design for the water museum is located in the south-west of Ningbo, nearby one of China’s most magnificent cases of water engineering. Dating back to the year 833, the Tuoshanyan water system on one hand prevents the salt water from the sea to stream land inward and jeopardize fertile land while on the other hand it prevents flooding when stormwater from the mountain comes running down.

Dedicated to this unique historical piece of work, the museum concept directly reflects the typical section of the characteristic Tuoshanyan-dyke. The five main volumes are organized around the stepped central gathering space of the museum, resembling comparable configurations in the neighboring protected village.

The roof park on top of this central area connects the waterfront with the heritage park on either side of the museum to achieve an integrated culture and tourism ecosystem for the whole area. At the same time it contributes to the reduction of flooding risk, by collecting, storing, buffering and filtering rainwater before it is released to the surrounding landscape. Visitors will experience its bio-diversity with a variety of vegetation directly related to the specific conditions of each step.

The façade design is inspired by rocks in the river with water running off the edges, materialized with panels of dark-grey local natural stone with the size of the blocks in the Tuoshanyan-dyke. A gradient of glass panels allow daylight in the interior where necessary. Between the ‘rocks’ a frameless glass façade with an abstract interpretation of falling water printed on it, surrounds the stepped elevated roof park.
  1. Meeting point
  2. Underpass
  3. Museum & rooftop park
  4. Ferry port
  5. Historical park
  6. Saltwater vegetation park
  7. Old town center
  8. Water tower monument & viewpoint
  9. Boutique hotel
  10. Info desk
  11. Restaurant & pub
  12. Hotel
  13. Office city council
  1. Entrance area
  2. Visitor Center
  3. Restaurant & shop
  4. Educational zone
  5. Permanent exhibition
  6. Temporary exhibition
  7. Office & research space
  8. Multifunctional event space
  9. Conference center
  10. Roof Park
  11. Waterfront
  12. Underground parking & logistics


Haishu National Investment Group

Mark DekkerWenli Pan, Buwei Jin, Ye Jin, Yinxian Zhang, Zhan Wang, Bart van Veen, Dennis Hofmans, Shijie Chen, Shuozhao Sun, Mark Kanters

1,2 ha, 15,000 sqm



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