In celebration of the famed pottery industry in Jiangzu, China, Studio Pei-Zhu have unveiled their design plans for the Jingdezhen Historical Museum of Kiln. The museum will be located in the heart of the china-making district of Jingdezhen and will pay homage to the city’s unique history of ceramics.

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Space and Material Study | Photos Courtesy of Arch Daily

The world renowned Porcelain Capital is stated as one of the four porcelain towns in Chinese history: it is on China’s State Council primary list of cultural/historical cities. Records show that porcelain craft in Jingdezhen dates back to the Han Dynasty (206BC – 220AD), which gives it a 2000 year-old history of ceramic craft.

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Model Study | Photo Courtesy of Arch Daily

The structure is to take on the shape of traditional brick kilns – the apparatus which has been used to create pottery and ceramics for centuries. Other design features will include structures which resemble the sails of a ship; paying homage to the region’s location – at the start of the maritime silk road.

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View to historical relics and Longzhu Pavillion | Photo Courtesy of Arch Daily

The building’s simple form encourages guests to engage with the site, the museum and its wider context. “The form is simple and primitive, yet full of strength and light. People will be encouraged by the honesty of the architecture to feel the history and culture of the place”, explained the architects.

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View from across the street | Photo Courtesy of Arch Daily

The museum will begin construction this year, and is expected to be completed in 2017. Studio Pei-Zhu have previously worked on other abstract cultural designs in China, including a mountain-shaped theatre in Dali and a hovering garden in Quanzhou National Art Park.

References

http://www.archdaily.com/795589/studio-pei-zhus-vaulted-museum-design-takes-inspiration-from-historic-chinese-ceramic-kilns [accessed September 2016]