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DL Atelier Designs The SanBaoPeng Museum

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Designed to appear as if emerging from the earth, Beijing-based studio DL Atelier has used the unique clay-heavy soil of Sanbao village for the continuous loam walls of the SanBaoPeng Art Museum in China.

DL Atelier work under the mantra that great design is all about feelings and memories. They design with passion, describing the ideal scenery to inspire maximum creativity as “People relaxing under the shadow of trees with bucket loads of sunshine.” When designing the SanBaoPeng Art Museum, the architects set out to a create a unique environment that would evoke a relationship between the guests and the museum. The desire to produce unconventional architecture also stemmed from the fact that Sanbao village has become increasingly popular with artists, who have been establishing studios and exhibition spaces there for the past decade. This is due to the fact it is located on the outskirts of Jingdezhen, the Chinese city famed for its porcelain production. As such, DL Atelier aimed to distance their design from the established architecture already inhabiting the village. They drew their inspiration from the porcelain-making process. In particular, the unpredictable outcomes of firing the material in the kiln which results in imperfections that add to the character of the pieces. Stressing the importance of creating ambiguous relationships between the space and the visitor, DL Atelier has designed the space as nonlinear. They have deliberately staggered the museum’s spaces to prompt the viewer to explore the museum independently, with the desire for every tour to result in a different experience. The major materials used such as rammed earth, travertine, and titanium-zinc panels are expected to erode in time, adding further personality to the architecture.

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All images © Sun Haiting