The rose is a flower that has a long history in Chinese culture, dating back to the 11th Century B.C. In Beijing, the world’s first rose museum has been built. Designed by NEXT architects, the architectural design is defined by a stainless steel shell, patterned with smooth stencilled Chinese rose cut outs.

China is enriched with beautiful traditional architecture, however, with the ‘Rose Museum’, along with other recent builds such as ‘The Piano House’ and ‘Beijing’s Bird Building’, the countries status in regard to it’s architecture has moved into a successfully modern era. NEXT Architects China partner, Jiang Xiaofei explains that ‘the rose museum aims to create a new architecture for China, in which history and modernity, art and architecture blend’ .

The building was host to the World Rose Convention, in which over 30 countries showcased 2,000 species of rose across the 100 acre rose park. The perforated stainless steel that encases the museum, measures 300 meters and creates a constant changing light show across the four half-open courtyards.

Due to China’s historical connection with the flower along with it’s culturally inspired design, the Rose Museum in Beijing was an obvious choice to host the rose convention. John Van De Water, partner at NEXT architects, stated that ‘the main challenge with the rose museum was to find a modern Chinese identity for a building which significance is so deeply rooted into Chinese culture.’ highlighting the success in China’s move to modern architecture.