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Beijing's Forbidden City to be Opened to the Public for the First Time, with Restoration by Selldorf Architects

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced Annabelle Selldorf as architect of the new Qianlong Garden Interpretation Center within the iconic Forbidden City in Beijing, China. One of few American architects to lead architectural projects at the site, Selldorf’s scheme will allow the public access to the Qianlong Garden for the first time, permitted through a new Visitor’s Center.

Selldorf, working with her NYC-based firm Selldorf Architects, will design the interpretation center within an existing, restored structure of the Qianlong Garden’s second courtyard. Designed as three distinct halls surrounding an open pavilion, the different spaces within the restoration will offer a unique perspective on the past and present of the Forbidden City.

Juanqinzhai theater room after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Juanqinzhai theater room after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Juanqinzhai Moon Gate after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund Fuwangge after conservation. Image via World Monuments Fund + 11