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Weihai Shandong

Art Museum

YAC launches a call for ideas aiming to give rise to a museum hub to celebrate the ancient Chinese culture and artistic expression.

Art Museum

Lights, skyscrapers, economy. 

Contemporary China is a great nation, meeting the inescapable standards of modernity: recognizable in every place, identical to themselves in every context.

Yet rural areas breathe a completely different narrative. In the endless countryside, beyond the suburbs of the immense urban centers, a China with an ancient flavor and mysterious charm still endures. 

It is the China of pagoda roofs, ancient mountains cloaked in veils of steam, colorful silks, the Great Wall, heroes and dragons. It is the China that we all have discovered and loved at various times in our lives.

It is that China that today many individuals are rediscovering and valuing – due to the now tired waves of globalization–to preserve for the world spaces of peace, beauty and harmony that in this nation - more than in others – appear with special emphasis and romanticism.

Among the terraces of Shandong, next to its forests and waterways, Shandong Weihao Garden wishes to give rise to a museum hub to celebrate the local culture and artistic expression. This place will be integrated into a still unspoiled nature, reflecting contemporaneity by blending into the landscape to convey that ancient and lasting charm of a meditative, cultured and wise China millennia before any other Western civilization.

This is an invitation to architects from around the world to set a jewel of contemporary architecture in the heart of traditional China, and thus give the world an epicenter of culture and beauty in the birthplace of Confucius. It will also be a driving force for local development, projecting the visitor into the ascetic, time-suspended culture of inner peace the world attributes to China, and which the world desperately needs.

YAC thanks all the architects who will take up this challenge.



Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed by professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.

  • Gong Dong
    Vector Architects
  • Xiaodi Zhu
    ZXD Architects
  • Giuseppe Zampieri
    David Chipperfield Architects Milano
  • Andrea D’Antrassi
    MAD Architects
  • Alessia Salerno
    Fondazione Prada
  • Emanuele Montibeller
    Founder Arte Sella


All awarded projects will be sent to websites, magazines and architectural platforms. Furthermore, they can be displayed in national and international architectural events.

1st Prize

€ 10.000

2nd Prize

€ 6.000

3rd Prize

€ 3.000

Gold Mention

€ 1.500

Gold Mention

€ 1.500

Gold Mention

€ 1.500

Gold Mention

€ 1.500

Honorable Mentions


Finalist Mentions



Complying with deadlines is a fundamental requirement to take part in the competition. All architects are encouraged to pay the utmost attention to the timeline and to complete each phase in advance.

* +22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

Early Bird Registration

€ 65 / team*

Standard Registration

€ 85 / team*

Late Registration

€ 115 / team*

Material Submission Deadline

Jury Summoning

Results Announcement


YAC provides architects with content-rich competition material so that they can best express their ideas and thoughts wherever they live.

Rules Ita En Es Fr Pt Zh Ru

Rules of the competition


Images useful to the competition



Is it possible to join the competition with a team composed of only one member?

Is there a maximum number of participants allowed per team?

Is there an age limit to take part in the competition?

PayPal doesn’t work in my country, is there any other way to pay the registration fee?

Can a team submit more than one proposal?

Which is the competition’s site?

What are the functions of the buildings nearby the competition’s site?

The requirement is to design a museum of 6000/10000 sqm on a 5696 sqm lot, what does it mean?

Is the limit of the two storeys for those above ground only or also for the underground floors?

What kind of purpose has the “Office and Living Building”, is it an autonomous item or can it be part of the museum?

Are there specific constraints regarding the design proposals?

Are the designers expected to think also on a greater scale than the one of the museum?

Are there specific requirements regarding the materials/ construction techniques to take in consideration?

Are there financial aspects that must be taken into account?


YAC thanks all the people who have been engaged in organizing the competition by sharing time, materials and resources to make the experience of architects unique.

David Chipperfield ArchitectsMAD ArchitectsVector ArchitectsZXD ArxhitectsFondazione Prada

Weihai Shandong

Art Museum

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