Mogao Caves Tourist Center and Dunhuang
Companies: China Architecture Design and Research Group, Cui Kai Studio
Project Location: Dunhuang, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China
Industry: Architecture, Engineering, & Construction
Maintaining history and culture through freeform architectural design.
The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang is a famous Chinese historic and cultural site, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The new building design simulates the natural desert landscape and the shape of the murals, borrowing ideas from existing mountain caves to reveal a respect for history and the environment.
Architects used Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) data to create the 2D construction documents. Because of parametric components and bidirectional associativity, any change made to the model was reflected across the 2D drawings.
The creative design brought several challenges to the traditional way of modeling. With the help of Revit conceptual and parametric modeling tools, architects were able to create the complex freeform massing building model and generate 2D drawings of plans, sections, and elevations.