Built in the year 1387, Chongwu Ancient City has remained as an intact Ming dynasty stone city among others extant in China. About half an hour's drive from Quanzhou, Fujian province, the city is known as the "hometown of Chinese stone carvings". Off Huichong National road, the direct access the ancient city, there is the Dingli Art Museum.
Dingli Art Museum stands on the square axis facing the south. On its east and west sides are the original office buildings and new reception center. These buildings surround a pond in the center on the U-shaped square. The art museum looks like a pile of huge stones piled up in a staggered way, upright and foursquare, suggesting the nature of the museum and appealing to people’s eyes with a simple and unadorned style. Stone curtain wall units with many facets reflect lights in the sun and add layers to the structure. The turning of the obtuse angles at corners makes the structure grand and powerful. The internal space of the art museum is built to reflect an orbicular sky and rectangular earth. The round chamber in the center dominates the space. Stone carvings are displayed in the exposition halls in the four corners.
The building facade is made of common granite that is easy to mine locally and called “G654”, often used as a building material for stone carvings. In Chongwu Ancient City, a stone city built in the Ming dynasty, local materials have been traditionally used for stacking the unique stone houses. The design of stacked rocks is in response to Chongwu’s architectural tradition of "brick into stone".
The simple and pure image of stacked stones is much modern, expressing the connection between architecture and local culture and history in an abstract way.
福建省泉州市 Quanzhou, Fujian
设计范围 Design scope
设计周期 Design period
2012 - 2013