On the Cover: Architectural Journal, Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum
Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has been featured on the cover of November issue of Architectural Journal, and carried in-depth article in works column. In the “Architecture of Nature: The Symposium on Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum” article, different guests gave various remarks on this project.
Cui Kai (Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chief Designer of China Architectural Design Institute, Chief Editor of Architectural Journal): “I think this building is rooted into the specific cultural gene of Jingdezhen. The design is not only a paradigm but also can be a topic for us to discuss cultural Inheritance, improvement and recreating. It is quite meaningful.”
Zhuang Weimin (Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor of Tsinghua University, Dean of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University): “The process of firing porcelain itself contains the pursuit of the essence of technological connotation, and the insight and shaping of shape induced or inspired by this pursuit should be the higher-order form of design, which is of great significance to the exploration of spatial spirit and the grasp of shape.”
Wang Mingxian (Scholar of Architecture and Art History at the Chinese Academy of Arts, Expert at the Central Academy of Fine Arts innovation Center): “This visit to The Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen was like going through the time tunnel again to experience the impact of the museum's space type narrative one after another. The Imperial Kiln Museum is exactly the subversion of the modern art gallery system of the white box. It is a very important breakthrough in the creation of museums in the world in the past ten years.”
Zhang Jie (National Engineering Survey and Design Master, Dean of The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Beijing Architectural University): “From the point of view of heritage conservation, I think it's more respectful for history to break up first than to connect first, since we don't live in ancient times. It provides an important way of thinking about China's historical cities, districts and even areas that may become world heritage sites in the future. Instead of trying to copy the past, we should approach the problem in a more authentic way and with today's understanding."
Liu Kecheng (Professor of School of Architecture in Xian University of Architectural Technology, Director of the Engineering Research Center for The Protection of Historical Sites in Shanxi Province)"It is a difficult design, and Zhu Pei did not simply hide himself, or continue to copy historical patterns, but instead creatively contribute a new answer to Jingdezhen. The museum is a re-creation of an outstanding contemporary architect, providing a new sample for the exploration of native Architecture in China.”
Hu Qian (ISOZAKI+HuQian Partners, Partner):“I admire the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum. It is an ultimate paradigm of right place, right design and right people.”
Zhou Rong (Associate Professor of School of Architecture in Tsinghua University, Senior Expert and Visual Art Consultant of Central Academy of Fine Arts): "Modernity and Chineseness are two difficult topics in the history of Chinese modern architecture, and Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has successfully integrated two topics together. At a time when foreign architectural expressions are prevalent in contemporary Chinese architecture, the roots of this project and its original local spirit deserve our special attention.”
Li Xiangning (Dean & Professor of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University): "It is not only an exhibition container, but also one of the most important exhibits. It together with precious archaeological ceramics to be exhibited in the future has become destinations for cultural design professionals and enthusiasts.”