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  3. Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns

Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns

Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns
Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns, View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Studio Pei-Zhu has unveiled their design for the Jingdezhen Historical Museum of Imperial Kiln, a museum dedicated to the unique history of ceramics in Jingdezhen, China. Located in the heart of the historic china-making district of the city, nestled between ceramic workshops that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, the museum draws inspiration from the special forms of the kilns, creating gallery spaces out of a series of hand-crafted vaulted structures.

Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu Shared Space between above and below ground levels. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu View from pedestrian across the street. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu + 22

View from pedestrian across the street. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View from pedestrian across the street. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

According to Studio Pei-Zhu, the city of Jingdezhen was “born by a kiln” and rose to economic prosperity over thousands of years through the creation of high-quality, sleek china pieces. As symbols of this prosperity, the remaining workshops hold important cultural and historic value to the city. Studio Pei-Zhu’s museum design is therefore deferential to this context, maintaining a relatively low profile that encourages visitors to look out at the city, with direct sightlines to important monuments such as the Tang Dynasty pagoda.

Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Shared Space between above and below ground levels. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Shared Space between above and below ground levels. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Rather than attracting attention through size and scale, the museum stands out through its composition, rotation and gathering of individual volumes and vaults. The arrangement consciously breaks with the existing urban fabric to activate its surroundings and provide visitors to the exhibition spaces with an unexpected experience.

View to Ming Dynasty Imperial Kiln site from outdoor cafe. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Ming Dynasty Imperial Kiln site from outdoor cafe. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Model study of relation to historical context. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Model study of relation to historical context. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
GSD Exhibition Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
GSD Exhibition Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

“Vaults of the museum reflect unearthed relics, while half of its volume remains underground. It creates connections, both physical and spiritual, between the aboveground and underground; present and history. The museum guides visitors into kilns, to ruins, and back to the traditions and culture of local history. The form is simple and primitive, yet full of strength. In silence and light people are encouraged, by the honesty of architecture, to feel the history and culture. We expect visitors will have a chance to rethink upon the relationship between this city and its kilns, its past and its future,” explain the architects.

Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Longzhu Pavilion from foyer of lecture hall. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Longzhu Pavilion from foyer of lecture hall. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Studio Pei-Zhu also hopes that the museum will serve to garner global attention to Jigndezhen, both to increase awareness of the city’s role in the history of ceramics, but also to change the city for the better.

“A single museum is capable of changing an entire city. The historical museum of china is bound for carrying on the culture of china, telling the stories of Jingdezhen's history and culture to the world, and bringing out new life and events to the city.”

Exhibition Hall. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Exhibition Hall. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Construction on the project begins this year, with an expected completion date in 2017.

Studio Pei-Zhu’s design for the Jingdezhen Historical Museum of Imperial Kiln is currently being exhibited as a part of “Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China,” now on display at the Harvard GSD.

View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Stair connecting the ground and underground floors. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Stair connecting the ground and underground floors. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Conceptual Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Conceptual Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
GSD Exhibition Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
GSD Exhibition Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Material Sketch. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Material Sketch. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Project Site. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Project Site. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns" 19 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/795589/studio-pei-zhus-vaulted-museum-design-takes-inspiration-from-historic-chinese-ceramic-kilns/> ISSN 0719-8884
View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

朱锫建筑事务所设计了灵感来自中国古代陶瓷窑的拱形博物馆