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Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office

  • 01:00 - 20 April, 2013
Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office
Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +20

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect in Charge

    Zhu Xiaofeng
  • Design Team

    Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
  • Client

    Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
  • Structural & MEP

    Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
  • Area

    1818.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

From the architect. As the most integrally preserved canal-town in Shanghai, Zhujiajiao attracts an increasing number of visitors every year with its authentic tradition of eastern China.  The site, located at the entry of the old town, faces two 470-year-old ginkgo trees.  This 1,800 sqm museum will house paintings and other art works related to the history of Zhujiajiao .

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Our design approach is to delineate an art-visit experience that is rooted in Zhujiajiao.  The architecture will be the carrier of this experience.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In the spatial allocation, the central atrium becomes the heart of the circulation.  On the ground floor, the atrium brings natural light into the surrounding galleries through carefully positioned openings.  On the second floor, a corridor around the outskirt of the atrium links several dispersed “small-house” galleries and courtyards, which absorb surrounding sceneries and provide diverse spaces for small exhibitions and events.  This building-courtyard layout makes a clear reference to the figure-ground texture of the old town, and orientates the visitors to wander between the art works and the real sceneries with an experience of intimate interactions between matter and thought.  A reflecting pool, laid in the east courtyard on the second floor, accomplishes an ultimate collection by borrowing the reflection of the ginkgo tree into the museum.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
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Frank Form · March 12, 2015

light and clear construction

Diego · April 28, 2013

Haven't visited the building but it looks very good from the pictures. And I think is pretty sensible in its relation with the context, far from being an alien... it seems to work well in terms of scale and geometry. Hope I can visit soon!

Wayne · April 21, 2013

I went to this building 10 month ago. The sad truth is that all the gardens on the second floor are closed all the time. So is the the Cafe.

tung · April 20, 2013

i dont think this is adequately responsive to the context. Althoug it is not a exaggerated design, it is quite alien to this water-town


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