HO MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Wuhan, China A Museum for Voyeurism Voyeurism of a society under state control Voyeurism of citizens surveilling upon each other Voyeurism of people coveting free speech and freedom of information The Ho Museum of Contemporary Art, Wu Han, is a privately owned institution that aims to promote cultural exchange and art education in Central China. The 100,000 square-foot building, with a total height of 50 feet, consists of two high floors (25 feet and 20 feet, respectively) of galleries and a mezzanine for smaller exhibits, as well as a gallery in the cellar for additional thematic and multi-media exhibitions. The Museum is a rectangular building with a central sculpture courtyard. The outdoor courtyard, surrounded by a ring of indoor circulation corridors that connects the galleries and all functional spaces, is perforated with visual and physical accesses to the courtyard. A ceremonial, full-building height atrium is located adjacent to the courtyard. Separated from the exterior courtyard by a glass curtain-wall, the atrium is enclosed by the very perforated stonewall of the courtyard to form a contiguous space, creating jointly an expandable event stage that centrifuges the flow of the museum’s circulations. The entire building enclosure - the exterior walls, the courtyard walls as well as the roof - is clad with uniformly gridded polished white quartz panels to form a plain, tight surface of a pristine white box. The thematic stone panel walls are boundaries/mediators between all the interior and exterior spaces with randomly allocated bent panels jutting from the edges of irregularly shaped openings. The irregular geometry and the layered formation of these openings advocate the notion of surveillance and provoke coveted voyeuristic interests. The white jewel-box building, with minimal exterior fenestrations and surrounded by mote-like reflecting pools, heightens the visitors’ voyeuristic desire.