Published by Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at University of Greenwich, London

Suzhou Museum In China



Suzhou Museum is a historical museum, which is located in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. It was built in 1960, and used as palace of prince. In October of 2006, the famous designer, Leoh Ming Pei, rebuilt it.


Suzhou has a very long history of more than 2500 years. The most obvious feature of the museum is how to innovate on the traditional site. From the overall layout we can see that the museum was built on the water. The museum is located between the Humble Administrator Gardenand the Site of King Zhongwang’s Residence.

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The characteristic of the building is the same with the old Suzhou. The most different is that the designer used the gray granite as the top instead of the traditional grey top and windows. The interior of the museum is another difference, that the wood will be replaced by the modern steel structure.

From many details we can see the designer emphasized on the combination of classical and modern. As shown in the pictures below, he created a pavilion above the water by using the modern glass and a classical shape. From the last picture we can see the classicrockery, which is made of the stone in a simple shape.



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