Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper, China / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)

The museum is conceived as a micro-village, a cluster of several small buildings.

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▼远眺博物馆,view from mountain 


▼从西侧进村道路远看west view fromthe road approaching village


The museum is situated in a beautiful landscape next to xinzhuang village under Gaoligong Mountain of Yunnan, a world ecological preserve area in southwest of China.  The village has a long tradition on handcraft paper making. To exhibit the history and culture of paper making, this museum will include gallery, bookstore, work space and guest rooms. The museum is conceived as a micro-village, a cluster of several small buildings.

The spatial concept is to create a visiting experience alternating between interior of galleries and landscape outside when visitor walks through the museum, so as to provoke an awareness of the inseparable relationship between paper making and environment.

▼从西侧远看建筑,view from west


The design is aimed at making a climate responsive and environment friendly building. Local materials such as wood, bamboo, handcraft paper and volcano stone are used for exterior finish, roof, interior finish and floor respectively. With time passed, these materials will worn and fade into a more harmonious color with the landscape. The construction is to maximize the usage of local materials, technique and craftsmanship. The building combines traditional timber structural system featuring nail-less tenon (SunMao) connection and modern detailing. It was built completely by local builders.

▼从西北侧看view from northwest




 ▼从西北侧看view from northwest


▼庭院view in the courtyard  &  屋顶平台roof terrace


▼展厅屋面gallery roof


▼展厅室内view inside gallery

▼抄纸歌——展厅四室内view inside gallery

▼建造过程construction process


▼概念草图concept sketches

▼模型 model

▼轴侧剖面section axonometric

▼平面流线circulation plan


▼立面elevation  点击图片看大图 Click above for larger image


▼展厅局部构造轴侧图detail axonometric of gallery 

项目建筑师:华黎 / TAO 迹 . 建筑事务所

Project name: Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
Location: Yunnan, Tengchong, Xinzhuang village
Program: Museum, Work space, Guest room etc.
Floor Area: 361 sq. m.
Design: 2008,4-2009,5
Construction: 2009,5-2010,12
Architect: HUA Li / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)
Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng

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