The Chinese Museum Represents an Australian Chinese Story which began in Adelaide and came to Melbourne by foot. The journey of a man to his motherland in desire to bring home to Melbourne a piece of his past in the form of a dragon.

The story of Mark’s father search for the dragon and the process of bringing it home is extremely powerful and poetic. The dragon in Chinese culture is a celestial being, one that is always seen at celebrations and one that evokes ideas of never ending time.

As such we have used this idea of the dragon to inspire the design of the internal journey that wraps around the atrium . The dragon’s scales manifest themselves as the skin to the building facade.

The skin can provide thermal and daylighting benefits, with the opportunities to act as both heat sink and deflection, much like a natural skin with abilities to block the sun’s rays and also ventilate the building.