A Dialogue Across Space and Time
This project is located at the northwest corner of Mianzhu City in Sichuang Province. The historical site “Zhuge Shuangzhong Temple”, constructed in 1738 A.D., sits closely to the east of the site and it was severely damaged during the earthquake occurred in May 12th, 2008. Fortunately it has completed the protective renovation process. Thus to create a dialogue between the location and the environment is the point of departure in this project, the historical ruins is regarded as a part of the exhibit in the new museum in order to demonstrate our respect to the buildings from the past.
Both the new and the old complex were designed together. The new museum consists of four complete squares, carefully arranged so as to echo and achieve balance with the historical site. The museum’s concrete structure represents the idea of “solid” whereas the courtyards of the older site symbolize the opposite: “void”. The new museum’s architectural volume equals to the old temple complex and the vertical heights were also controlled to display a smooth skyline. The highest point of the new museum is the same as the highest ridge of the temple. Plants and local stones were paved to form horizontal cushion zone between the new and the old. It deliberately creates a series of interactive viewing points so that the visitors could have fun experiencing the rhythm between the new and the old, the void and the solid.
When it comes to opinions regarding nature and environment, the residents of the Western Sichuan Province firmly believe that man is an integral part of nature. As a result, the local construction materials are mainly wood, lime, flashed brick and grey tile. Also, there are variety ways to construct walls, such as brick wall, puddle wall, stonewall, wooden and weaved walls. The museum’s principle is to prioritize the usage of local material so that the appearance goes well with the surrounding scenery, not to mention its cost-effectiveness. The architectural complex carries a simple yet elegant look, with an effort to bring forward the rustic and minimalistic spirit.
The new museum created a brand new image that was drastically from the memory of the catastrophe. Through expressing the local existent beauty and value, as well as utilizing local material, the new and the old parts integrated as a whole and it is becoming a representative part of Mianzhu’s culture and history. To create a promising future with local power, this is precisely the optimal goal the architects were consistently striving for.
建筑师 : 冯正功、平家华、史明、王志洪、牟德亚、谢茹君、黄琳