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With evidence of kiln sites stretching back 1,700 years, the city of Jingdezhen, in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province, is the de facto national capital of porcelain. And just as its cultural significance can’t be overstated, neither can Studio Zhu-Pei’s task of building a new home — the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum — to encapsulate the area’s exquisite craft tradition. 

PHOTO: Tian Fangfang

Four years in the making and overseen by principal Zhu Pei, the museum compound’s eight parallel kiln-like vaults stand in homage to the unique and pragmatic craftsmanship-driven history that continues to shape the city. The most obvious nod to this is the curved patchwork of new and repurposed kiln bricks that comprise...

China’s Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum Pays Homage to Ceramic History

Studio Zhu Pei’s vaulted brick complex borrows from vernacular building techniques to shroud a series of Ming dynasty ruins.

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