OPEN unveils the design of two oceanfront cultural buildings in Yantai, China. The Space Crystals is a digital space museum and experience center—an extraterrestrial-looking object landed mysteriously in the clearing of a seaside park. The Sea Square is a humble square-quad-shaped library and community service building, floating on a restored square dock by the sea. The dock and the adjacent area were once used as both a dock and a repair facility for fishing boats but were long abandoned, as the fishing villages vanished into history.
The two buildings form a dialogue in space and time, one pointing to the sky and the other to the sea, connecting current, past, and future.
Situated at an oval clearing of a woody seaside park, the Space Crystal is a digital experience center dedicated to deciphering the mysteries of the universe for the public.
While trying to locate a specific site to build a seaside communal service building, the architect discovered the ruin of a fishing boat dock and repair facility—a square platform with a jetty projec