Eyesore of the Month: The Ordos Museum

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


Designed by the firm MAD Architects (pausing so you can snicker) the Ordos Art & City Museum, located in Inner Mongolia, China, is blobitecture at its finest. Or should I say, at it’s “finest.” It resembles nothing so much as the Statute of Liberty’s fresh turd or that beached whale the Canadians are afraid is going to explode.


The city of Ordos is one of those creepy Chinese growth-for-growth’s sake ghost towns. Ignoring that elephant in the room, the Arch Daily link above states:

Located in the new city center of Ordos, the space itself is deeply rooted into the local culture. Although it has contemporary presence, there is a chance to think over what the term “local culture” means, where it is rooted and what it can become in the future.

As for the gallery spaces, we didn’t know what kind of exhibitions they would hold, so they are designed to be flexible.

A purposeless museum located in a peopleless city. It’s like a readymade setup for a new Paul Auster novel.


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12 Responses to Eyesore of the Month: The Ordos Museum

  1. Just realized this post would’ve been way more effective as a simple Juxtaposin’ piece. Oh well, live and learn.


  2. Will S. says:

    It could become a museum of beached, decomposing dead whales! 🙂


  3. Toddy Cat says:

    I suppose it’s sort of comforting to realize that the West doesn’t have a monopoly on stupid, ugly buildings…


  4. Fenster says:

    Ordure, more likely


  5. LemmusLemmus says:

    I like it. But then, I like Paul Auster novels.


  6. peterike says:

    Reminds me of a chamber pot.

    I find these sorts of buildings a lot more bearable when they are like this, away on their own. When you drop something like this into the middle of New York or London it becomes much more offensive and aggressive. Here it feels like a life-size set for a sci-fi film, like it’s the place where the androids get made or something. That plaza is really going to look like hell when it gets weathered and dirty.


  7. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog and commented:
    Blowhard, Esq. makes an amusing and spot-on comparison, between the Chinese building and the rotting whale carcass in Newfoundland…


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