TITLE

TIANTAI MUSEUM: Lu Wang creates a modern museum in tune with the local vernacular

AUTHOR(S)
Zhl, Wenjun
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Architectural Record;Mar2004, Vol. 192 Issue 3, p106
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since the Buddhist scholar Zhiyi taught there in the 6th century, Tiantai Mountain and its surrounding area have played a critical role in the development of Taoism and Confucianism in China. Located in Zhejiang Province, about 285 miles south of Shanghai, China, the area today draws visitors with its beautiful scenery and rich cultural history. The 55,000-square-foot Tiantai Museum, which opened last year, uses local history and civilization as a springboard, integrating the functions of exhibition, research, education, and leisure. In designing the museum, Lu Wang searched for new expressions for Tiantai's vernacular architectural traditions. One of China's leading architects and a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Lu Wang understands that vernacular forms and spatial expressions grow naturally from an area's particular environment, its climate, culture, light, and available materials. But new functions and new ideas require correspondingly new forms and design strategies.
ACCESSION #
12583510

 

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