Imperial Kiln Site, Jingdezhen


The Beijing studio Zhu-Pei has built a museum adjacent to what is left of the thousand-year-old imperial pottery-making complex of the prefectural city of Jingdezhen, a porcelain capital of the world, China’s Sevrès. The building is composed of a series of vaulted structures of varying size, curvature, and length. They echo the shape of a traditional kiln and sensitively merge with the existing ruins and other remains that were unearthed in the course of construction work. In addition to new material, the cladding of the concrete vaults was executed with recycled bricks, using pieces severed when active ovens are demolished, as they are required to be, in a triennial routine, for proper maintenance of their thermal performance. 

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