First look at the world’s first rose museum
Often regarded as a symbol of love, the rose has been immortalised at the Beijing Rose Museum by NEXT architects. It draws inspiration from the history of roses and floriculture dating back to the 11th century B.C.
The unique space covering an area of 30,000 square metres features a soft stainless steel exterior surrounding the building with a papercut pattern of Chinese roses on the surface. The façade creates four half open courtyards that are akin to traditional Chinese buildings. When night falls, the museum façade lights up and projects shadows of flowers outside its building. The creative play of lights and shadows add beauty to the museum.
The museum recently played host to the 2016 World Rose Convention, in which over thirty countries participated. Over 2,000 species of roses were exhibited at the 100 hectare rose park.
With the opening of the museum, visitors get to learn the early history of Chinese roses, see depictions of the flower in art, ceramics and clothing, test their rose knowledge as well as breed their own virtual rose.