Jianchuan Museum Cluster - Museum of Cultural Revolution Clocks
Location: Jianchuan Museum cluster, Anren, Dayi, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Time: 03/2003 -03/2007
Building Area: 3,885 m²
Site Area: 5,200 m²
Chief Architect: Liu Jiakun
Team: Yang Ying, Song Chunlai, etc.
The scheme of this project demands that the surrounding commercial streets shall make a concession to allow the museum to occupy the central area of the site. The museum will attract the flow of crowds towards the center while the shops around it can promote the commercial gains of the museum in return. It is a chance for cultural and commercial organizations to develop a pattern of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. We expect the architecture to fully meet the commercial objective by inserting the museum in the center of a commercial district in decline.
The museum is consisted of three parts connected by an arcade, adopting classical two-dimensional planes such as circles, squares and crosses to create a “holy space”, of which the tranquility and sacredness form a stark contrast with the worldliness of the surrounding business district. Such a contrast intensifies the atmospheric tension between commercial reality and historical remains, resembling a traditional Temple-Street relationship that flourished in the old days.