The Dossier of Studio Zhu Pei, Arquitectura Viva, October 2021
The October issue of Arquitectura Viva, a well-known Spanish architectural academic magazine, featured a dossier of four recent museums designed by Studio Zhu Pei, including Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum, Shou County Culture and Art Center, Zibo OCT Art Center and CUBE Art Museum at 798. Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has been selected as the cover.
With a clear journalistic calling, Arquitectura Viva covers since 1988 architectural and cultural news from a plural and critical perspective. Each issue features a dossier of the latest works of the most important national and international studios, as well as news, art, culture, books, interior-exterior-house of the month, products, and op-ed sections. Recently published dossiers of architects include Jean Nouvel, Álvaro Siza, Steven Holl, Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, etc.
Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum
Close to the ruins of what was the most important porcelain factory during the Ming Dynasty, a new museum echoes the forms and materials of traditional pottery-making ovens. The concrete vaults are clad in bricks left over from previous constructions, active kilns having to undergo demolition every three years if they are to maintain a good level of thermal performance.
Shou County Culture and Art Center
A rectangular prism with a hermetic appearance altered only by random perforations is home to a large art center that aspires to be the banner of a provincial city's cultural blossoming. With its interior streets and open courtyards, the building is a small-scale echo of an ancient Chinese city, but with an effective circulation system guaranteeing continuity among different programs.
Zibo OCT Art Center
In an area located far from the city, a small museum is organized like a traditional Chinese house, surrounding a courtyard protected by the generous eaves of perimetral constructions. Resting on the stone walls that rise from a pool of water according to techniques common in northern China, some concrete roofs tense up the interior spaces with their gentle hyperbolic paraboloid forms.
CUBE Art Museum at 798, Beijing
In 798, an entire cultural district located on land which was formerly occupied by Soviet factories, a new art museum completes the program offered by a series of existing sheds. The building's structure presents brickwork that respects the industrial character of the rest of the complex surrounding a courtyard, and a concrete roof that lets natural light into the spaces in a controlled manner.