Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China is widely recognized as the Porcelain capital the world with a history of more than 2,000 years in the production of valuable ceramics. As a tribute to this tradition, architects have made Studio Zhu-Pei erected an open-air structure with towering arches that mimick traditional stoves. The spacious brick vaults now house the Imperial Kiln Museum of the North City, which is located next to the production facilities that were used during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
In order to preserve and demarcate the existing ruins on the site, Studio Zhu-Pei configured the new building around the remains, like courtyards and monuments embedded in the ground, in a way that brings history and contemporary culture into a single space united. Each of the curved structures, made from both recycled and new bricks, is different in volume and length, allowing light to flow in at different angles throughout the day. The entrance to the museum is on the ground floor, so “the experience of the people entering is the same as that of the previous artisans,” say the architects in an explanation.
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