Times Museum, formerly known as Times Branch of the Guangdong Museum of Art, was funded by the Times Property in 2003. In 2005, during the D-Lab project in the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, the Times Property decided to invite Rem Koolhaas and Alain Fouraux to work together towards designing a permanent museum. The Museum was completed and put into use in October, 2010, later became known officially as Times Museum. It is registered with the Guangdong Administration Bureau of Civil Organizations as a non-governmental organization, which is under the category of non-profit institution.
Times Museum is not only an experimental achievement with great significance, which resulted from the curatorial concepts of the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, but also a product of artists(architects)’ imaginary ideas. Through its open attitude towards urban landscape and city life, and which was reflected upon by the museum building and its space, we hope to prove that a residential building block could absorb the commercial, cultural and social content of urban life, as well as inject innovative and diverse vitality within. From concepting to designing, and till its materialization, Times Museum reflects the unique working conditions and fast-developing urbanization process of the Pearl River Delta.