Suzhou Imperial Kiln Ruins Park & Museum of Imperial Kiln Brick, China by Jiakun Architects

Modern translation of traditional brick kiln and palace

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Suzhou Imperial Kiln Ruins Park & Museum of Imperial Kiln Brick is located in Xiangcheng District in Suzhou. It is kept intact and is currently in use mainly for the protection of the historical ruins, the display of cultural relic such as Jin Zhuan (金砖, the literate translation is the Golden Brick) and related cultural investigation and communication. The museum aims to display the entire manufacturing process of Jin Zhaun through the blending of architecture and landscape, as well as offering a vivid experience of the cultural and historical essences of the imperial kiln.

▼建筑外观,external view of the project ©存在建筑


The development of cities has surrounded this land. In order to create an immersive historical atmosphere for tourists, the museum adopts an encircled planning. Buildings and the boulevard isolate noise, and the circuitous colonnade connects scattered buildings forming a centripetal space that echoes the introverted space of a traditional Chinese garden and maximizes the area of the protection section.

▼流线图,建筑采用围合布局,内部为园林,circulation line, Chinese garden enclosed by buildins ©家琨建筑设计事务所

▼廊桥,covered bridge ©家琨建筑摄影

▼观景平台,viewing platform ©家琨建筑摄影

▼桥内空间,镂空砖墙形成丰富的光影,inside the bridge, light shadow effect caused by hollowed brick wall ©刘剑


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. The internal space is divided into three parts – the abstraction of the palace; the production, transportation and the use of Jin Zhuan, and the abstraction of the brick kiln. The museum is neither a kiln nor an imperial court, but a contemporary public architecture that combines the embodiment of both.

▼主体建筑外观,对砖窑和宫殿进行提炼,external view of the main building, abstract summary of the kiln and the palace ©姚力


The architectural complex employs a variety of widely applied contemporary constructions with bricks that highlight the presence of Jin Zhuan. The architecture is more than a museum of Jin Zhuan, but also the annals of bricks from the past to the present.

▼入口大厅,entrance hall ©存在建筑

▼砖窑实景构筑物,砖材细部,copy of the brick kiln, closer view to the bricks ©姚力

景观设计突出遗址感,以自然荒野的景观设计手法隐喻历史,同时更好地保护御窑遗址原貌。 公园内部通过整窑、半窑、残窑等多种状态的窑,形成群体感,再现当时金砖生产场景盛况,并可从多方面了解窑的构造与金砖的生产过程,扩充博物馆本身的知识性。

The landscape design pictures a sense of wilderness so as to emphasize the condition of ruins and to keep the original status of the site. The complete, half and broken kilns inside the park are arranged to form a sense of community that evokes an imagination in the visitors of the heyday of the production of Jin Zhuan. The museum endeavors to enhance its academic performance by providing an opportunity to learn about the structure of the kiln and the production process of Jin Zhuan.

▼展示空间,exhibition space ©上:存在建筑,中: ©家琨建筑摄影,下:存在建筑

▼总平面图,master plan ©家琨建筑设计事务所

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan ©家琨建筑设计事务所

▼二层平面图,first floor plan ©家琨建筑设计事务所

▼三层平面图,second floor plan ©家琨建筑设计事务所

▼剖面图,sections ©家琨建筑设计事务所

建筑面积:15,326 m²

Project Name: Suzhou Imperial Kiln Ruins Park & Museum of Imperial Kiln Brick
Location: Yang Cheng Hu West, Xiang Cheng District, Suzhou
Client: Suzhou Xiangcheng District Culture and Sports Bureau
Building Area: 15,326 m²
Site Area: 38,875m²
Design: May 2012 – December 2014
Construction: November 2013 – May 2016
Structure: Reinforced concrete frame sturcture
Material: concrete, shale brick, blue brick, steel, glass, bamboo
Designer: Jiakun Architects
Principle Architect: LIU Jiakun
Team: Tian Shen, Wang Xi, Liu Su, Yang Ying, Lin Yihsuan, Wang Kailing, Zhang Tong, Su Sihui, Xu Hao, Mao Weixi, Li Jing

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