archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
italian practice archea associati has completed a vast complex for the chinese city of liling, a region known for its production of ceramics. alongside its primary function as a museum, the site also includes a hotel and an industrial area for hands-on processing. the various structures are arranged in a circular plan, with each volume taking the shape of a sculpted vessel or vase. delineating sinuous contours with no sharp edges, each building is clad in a variety of patterns and colors, with earthy red and amber hues accentuating the vase-like forms. rather than placing an emphasis on specific functions, the internal program is fluid with an abundance of internal floor space.

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
all images by cristiano bianchi

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
as well as a museum, the site also includes a hotel

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
each volume takes the shape of a sculpted vessel or vase

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
each building is clad in a variety of patterns and colors

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
the various structures are arranged in a circular plan

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
the internal program is fluid with an abundance of internal floor space

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
circulation space beneath the sculpted forms

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
at night the project takes on a dramatic appearance

archea associati liling ceramic museum china designboom
the 210,000 square meter complex illuminated

 

 

project info:

 

program: ceramic museum
location: liling, china
purchaser: hunan li ling multicolored under glaze city development co. ltd
system: hunan architectural design institute
project dates: 2010-2015
structure: hunan architectural design institute
structural concept: aei progetti – ing. niccolò de robertis
terrain surface: 210,000 sqm
building surface: 69,000 sqm
photography: cristiano bianchi