Suzhou Museum of Imperial Kiln Brick
The museum aims to display the entire manufacturing process of Jin Zhuan through the blending of architecture and landscape, as well as offering a vivid experience of the cultural and historical essences of the imperial kiln. It adopts an encircled planning to create a garden-style introverted space to maximize the area of the core reserve. The main body of the museum is an abstract summary of the imperial kiln and the imperial court with a forceful mass and a formal plainness inspired by the protruding eaves of traditional Chinese architecture.
Statement of the jury
The magnificent design of the »Suzhou Museum of Imperial Kiln Brick« combines historical Chinese principles of construction with modern architecture to create a cultural highlight. The museum sheds light on the traditional art of brickmaking in imperial kilns and allows visitors to experience this piece of cultural heritage in a variety of ways. At the same time, across the museums spacious premises, a harmonious melting of architecture and landscape has been achieved which promises visitors a high-quality experience. In addition to the fascinating brick structures, the masterful handling of space is also impressive, whereby the particular architectonic clarity and simplicity of form emphasise the tranquillity and grandeur radiated by the location.