Project: Jiangxi Academy of Painting Art Museum
Award: Adaptive Reuse - Big, Bronze, 2023
Location: Jingdezhen, China
Architect: CCTN Design
Client: Jingdezhen Taoyang Real Estate Co., Ltd.
The new Jiangxi Academy of Painting Art Museum is in a 1950s building that was once home to the Jianguo Porcelain Factory and included on China's Industrial Heritage Protection List. This innovative expansion and repurposing project has turned the space into a professional art museum of painting, calligraphy and ceramic crafts designed to attract tourists to the region.
The sympathetic renovation takes into account the existing building conditions and the surrounding environment.
Located in the centre of Jingdezhen Ancient City, the museum is surrounded by traditional kilns and dwellings and its restoration is in keeping with these historic surroundings with many elements of the old building preserved and enhanced. For instance, the outer wall of the main workshop has been kept intact and reinforced with steel wire mesh. A two-storey glass volume in the centre of the old factory serves as a special exhibition hall but is cleverly hidden from the surrounding roads because it follows the original building’s spatial scale.
The new steel and wood structure partly adopts recycled material to continue the original style. The architects detached the newly inserted main structure from the old wall and added new concrete columns next to the brick piers of the outer wall. The columns are clad in brick to remain in keeping with the old texture. Extended underground space serves as a warehouse, equipment room and further exhibition hall as well as an underground carpark.
Photo credit: GBT Architecture Photography
LEAD ARCHITECTS: Xuhong Zhou, Jingjing Fan, Jia Yang