Jiashan Museum & Library|“Book Repository and Treasure Kiln”, China by UAD

A city that collects culture and treasure

Project Specs


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Jiashan is an eco-friendly and green development demonstration area in the Yangtze River Delta, a Top 100 Chinese county, as well as the only county-level scientific development demonstration area in China. Jiashan Museum & Library is a cultural complex, which is intended to offer local citizens a public cultural activity venue and to greatly enhance the cultural vitality of the county.

▼项目概览,overall of the project ©赵强


The three building volumes are arranged at appropriate positions according to their respective functions. The museum is set at the southeast corner and near an intersection. It has a closed facade, which shows a clean, neat and iconic image. The library sits on the north side and faces the river. It boasts ample daylighting on north and sides, and the museum isolates it from the noisy urban road. The building volume at southwest corner and close to the open urban landscape area accommodates shared ancillary facilities for the museum and library, including lecture hall, casual dining area, etc.

▼沿街南侧,South facade along the street ©赵强

▼北侧沿河透视,River-facing north facade ©赵强


With a limited plot area, the project lacks space to accommodate a large-capacity outdoor public activity venue. The site is adjacent to an open urban landscape space, which is under planning but the construction has been postponed. Therefore, the architects had to explore and conceive architectural spaces within the plot. Based on site conditions, the architects took the open void at the middle as the core, and combined three architectural volumes around it to enclose a square for the crowd, which is also an outdoor extension of the foyers of the library and museum.

▼西侧透视夜景,Night view of west facade ©赵强

▼东侧入口透视,East entrance ©赵强

▼街角城市视角,View of museum facade from street corner ©赵强


The square provides resting space for citizens, while also connecting the museum and library. Moreover, it serves diversified public activities such as outdoor exhibition, pop-up book market, etc., fully embodying the functions and image of an urban “knowledge hall and cultural living room”. The design draws inspiration from local cultural context. Jiashan is located in the north of Zhejiang Province, and adjoins Shanghai and Jiangsu. It features a dense water network and developed shipping industry. In Ming and Qing dynasties, Jiashan was known as the “Country of a Thousand Kilns”, because the kiln industry in the county back then was prosperous and most of its bricks were produced for imperial palaces. The form of the square takes design cues from local brick kilns. It’s an abstract yet modern “brick kiln” space, which reflects a meaningful attempt to extend building boundaries. Meanwhile, it blurs the boundary between interior and outside, openness and privacy.

▼内广场透视,Inner square ©赵强

▼南入口看内广场,View of inner square from south entrance ©赵强

▼立面细部,details of facades ©赵强


The architecture has a smooth and simple appearance, which is complemented by large areas of flat and light-hued stone curtain walls and characterized by texture contrast. Inner facades draw on the stacked structures of brick kilns, and form brick-red curved surfaces. The strong contrast of external and inner facades implies the idea that the unexpected and spectacular is hidden in a plain shell. The whole architecture is like a natural jade that reveals brilliance after being cut open. It’s also like a city that collects culture and treasure, which echoes the design theme “Book Repository and Treasure Kiln”.

▼图书馆中庭,Library atrium ©赵强

▼图书馆休息区,Resting area of library ©赵强

▼图书馆阅览室,Library reading room ©赵强

▼博物馆侧厅,Side hall of museum ©赵强

▼博物馆室内中庭,Interior atrium of museum ©赵强

▼总平面图,master plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼一层平面图,1F plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼二层平面图,2F plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼三层平面图,3F plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼四层平面图,4F plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼五层平面图,5F plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼立面图,elevations © 浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼剖面图,sections © 浙江大学建筑设计研究院

项目地点:浙江 嘉善

Project name: Jiashan Museum & Library
Location: Jiashan, Zhejiang, China
Design firm: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD) (http://www.zuadr.com/)
Area: 47,800 square meters
Architectural design: Yang Yidong, Xu Ruofeng, Lin Zaiguo, Zhang Heng, Zhang Pengfei
Structural design: Zhang Mingshan, Xia Liang, Xu Quanbiao
MEP design: Gong Zengrong, Dong Shaobing, Yang Yi, Yang Guozhong, Huang Zhengjie, Liu Haifeng, Yu Lilun, Wang Lei
Curtain wall design: Hang Fei, Yu Hao
Interior design: Yang Yidong, Xu Ruofeng, Lin Zaiguo, Luo Jingwei, Zhang Pengfei
Landscape design: Xia Jiming
Lighting design: Yang Xin
Photos: Zhao Qiang

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