The China Design Museum (CDM) is a new museum which has been prepared by China Academy of Art (CAA) with strong support by Zhejiang Government. The museum will be built in the Xiang Shan Campus of CAA with 160 million Yuan, covering a total building area of 16000 square meters.
The Museum is dedicated to its role as a permanent space for exhibiting and preserving the existing collection of the Bauhaus，meanwhile it will collect and represent more Chinese-foreign excellent works of design and art.
CDM is dedicated to being the foremost design museum in the world，promoting the development of Design In China and creating high-level art forum for sound development of the cultural and creative industries in China.
The China International Design Museum is designed by the architect Álvaro Siza.
Álvaro Siza is one of the great exponents of world architecture. To visit one of his works is certainly a great experience--feeling a little into the mind of a master of architecture that enhances the design on a large scale until the minimal detail.
Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in 1933 in Matosinhos near the city of Porto in Portugal. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Porto in 1955 after 6 years of study, later teaching there between 1966 and 1969. He always had an admiration for the works of Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, but early on was able to establish his own language, based not only on the international modernist references as well as the strong building tradition of Portugal. Thus, Alvaro Siza, presents unique works in the modern Portuguese scenery.
There are two different words in portuguese that mean 'to look' and 'to see and understand'. The tool of an architect is to be able to see.