The Xing Kiln Museum: rustic porcelain shapes floating above water

Xing white porcelain is an important part of the history of Chinese porcelain development. Its invention and production changed the fact that celadon dominated the world since the Shang Dynasty and opened up the famous Celadon South & White North phenomenon in the history of Chinese ceramics.

With the acknowledgement of the Xing Kiln Ruins in 2012, to design and build a museum displaying Xing porcelain culture has become an inevitable choice for local government.

The internal research, office space and equipment rooms of the Xing Kiln Museum in Jingtai by YCA are like a wall that separates the museum from the messy everyday environment of surrounding farmlands and low-dilapidated buildings; inside the wall there is an open gallery that surrounds a pool elevated from the ground; the exhibition space open to the public resembles seven pieces of rustic porcelain floating above the water; below the pool there is a continuous space consisting of the entrance and main exhibition hall; symmetrical wide steps connect the ring gallery, pool and square on the north side.

Porcelain showrooms and corresponding ancillary facilities vary in size. In order to bring them together as a whole, a circle packing algorithm was used in the design as geometric control diagrams.

Visitors walking along the square open gallery, wherever they are, will be attracted by the bowl-shaped forms in the middle. During the summer, they can see the ripples of light reflected from the clear water at the bottom of the curved outer wall.

Design and info © YCA

Images © He Chen

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