NEXT Architects Team consisting of John van de Water, Jiang Xiaofei, WangYan, ShenYaosen, Jiang Lai, Gao Shuang and Wang Xiao have designed the world’s rst Rose Museum in Beijing, China for Beijing Tianheng Building Design Consulting Co. Ltd. The museum aims to create a new architecture for China, in which history and modernity is nely blended with art and architecture. This unique building has a solid museum volume covered by a silk-like skin of stainless steel with a papercut pattern of Chinese roses. The museum is covered by a soft stainless steel façade, which is 300 meter long and 17 meter high and is perforated by a rose-shaped pattern. This detached skin creates four half-open courtyards between the façade and main museum building, where the rose pattern creates an ever changing play of light and shadow. The manner in which these open spaces are enclosed and embraced by the building strongly reminds of the traditional Chinese walled-off courtyards. At night, the building inverts itself with the museum façade lighting up and projecting shadows of owers outside the building.