The Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP) is located on Zhongshan Nan Road in Lianzhou’s old city, linking Zhongshan Bei Road, Jianguo Road, and Chenghuang Road. In general, this area looks the way it did in the Republican era, remaining relatively intact as a historical and cultural neighborhood. In recent years, the old streets of the old city have contrasted notably with modern urban development. The construction of the museum is the key to and an important driver of the rejuvenation of Lianzhou’s old city, but it is also an important symbol and milestone in the city’s development.

Designed by O-office Architects, a young architectural firm based in Guangzhou, the architecture of LMP is comprised of two interlocking buildings, one old, and one new. The design concept is rooted in the urban context of old Lianzhou. The form of the new building blends fully with the urban texture of old Lianzhou. Inspired by the “large Lianzhou style houses” in the old city, three continuous sloped planes cover the building; they create vertical variations in the interior space and form a contrast with the adjacent three-story flat-roofed old building. The façade extends the continuous roof onto the street, transforming the entire new building into a roof for this “large house.” As a result, both exhibitions and public events all take place under the “same roof.” A roof garden and an outdoor theater link the old and new buildings of the museum, and the space between the buildings is completely open to the public, becoming a part of the urban fabric.

After the architects learned about Lianzhou’s local architectural materials and construction methods, they proposed using many locally-produced materials that were unique to the area, including dark gravel, steel plate, light brick walls, and green tiles. The green tiles on the continuous roof of the new building are the only decorative touch, and the arrangement of the tiles produces a rich texture. In contrast to the way these tiles are laid on old-style roofs, the new building’s construction retained some of the gaps between the green tiles to allow for air flow between the interior courtyard and the outside, a unique construction method suited to the local climate. In addition to fully utilizing the width and height of the site to control direct sunlight, the architects employed a number of architectural techniques in the interior courtyard and stilted construction to reduce day-to-day energy consumption. Installing a split-grade climate control system for different functional spaces reduces the museum’s energy consumption and guarantees flexibility in later use.

Visitors can use the stairs, the two elevators, the sloping paths, or other vertical transportation methods to explore the museum’s internal space, which is both a three-dimensional courtyard and a miniature city. Urban life and artistic events come together here; LMP is Chinese photography’s top space for exhibition and collection , but it is also an urban public space for local events and culture.

Lianzhou, formerly Lian County or Lianxian, is a county-level city in northern Guangdong Province, China, under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Qingyuan, current population: 510,000. It is known as the host city of the Lianzhou Foto Festival and as a historic and cultural landmark of Guangdong Province. heralding the dawn of advance agriculture for the region,Lianzhou at the time was a bustling city with over 30,000 households, larger than Shaozhou (modern Shaoguan) and second only to Guangzhou. Together they were called the “Three Zhou's of Guangdong/Guangxi”.

Many famous political thinkers, scholars and poets passed through Lianzhou during the Tang and Song Dynasties. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, 72 local scholars passed the Confucian licentiate examinations, giving it the honorable honorable reputation as the “home of Confucian scholars”.

Lianzhou, with its spectacular scenery and natural environment, is also the center of tourism for northern Guangdong. There are a great amount of tourist sights in Lianzhou. These places all serve to enchant and intoxicate visitors with the spirit of Huangchuan River culture.