CONTEXT
  • Physical Context
    Google Earth View
  • Physical Context
    Forbidden City
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  • History
    The Seat of Power

    Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

    UNESCO

    Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings (whose nearly 10,000 rooms contain furniture and works of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    Read The Report

PROCESS / RESEARCH
  • Inspirations
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    CL-1a
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    original painting
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  • Reviving Craft
    Building


  • Jianfu Palace Museum: Drawings
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    DSK_8A_JI YUN LOU_RUG MOCK-UP
    Jifuk(persp)
    405 Forbidden CityCaddJob_BinderImagesPhotosBW-AR Award
    DSK-1B_CL6 Lantern
    DSK-1A_CL6 Lantern
    DSK- 23b_YCG_Handrail_New Version
    CL-5 LANTERN ELEVATION
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    Jianfu Palace Museum: Tradition and contemporary intervention peacefully coexist in an icon of Chinese culture and memory.


    The project involved adaptive reuse of four historic buildings at the Forbidden City’s Jianfu Palace Garden of Established Happiness Museum and Visitor’s Center in Beijing.

    Preservation of the past was achieved through resurrection of historic buildings and furniture-making techniques.

    Jianfu palace now serves as both a reception center for visiting dignitaries and as a museum of Chinese architecture with flexible exhibit space for artifacts, photos, and drawings. Central to the permanent exhibit are the ‘bones’ of the main pavilion which were purposefully left exposed to reveal the beauty of traditional engineering and techniques of craft.

  • Project Timeline

    1406-1420
    Construction of the Forbidden City

    1740-1750
    Construction of the Jianfu Palace Garden

    1923
    Jianfu Palace Garden destroyed by fire.

    2000
    China Heritage Fund begins reconstruction of the Jianfu Palace Garden.

    2004
    Tsao and McKown Architects in collaboration with Pei Partnership Architects begin designing the architectural interiors of the reconstructed Jianfu Palace Garden.

    2006
    Opening of the reconstructed Jianfu Palace Garden.

PRESS
  • Article
    Architectural Record: Dialogue in Time

    Read the article here.

  • Article
    Metropolis Magazine: A Forbidden Garden Restored
  • Article
    Architectural Record: Historic Preservation
  • Article
    Interior Design: Best of Year, Government
  • Article
    International Herald Tribune: New Life for a Famous Garden
  • Article
    Forbidden City: Destruction and Rebuilding
  • Publication
    The Palace of Established Happiness: Restoring a Garden in the Forbidden City
CONNECTIONS
  • Client

    The Palace Museum

    The Palace Museum is housed in the former palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Popularly called The Forbidden City, the museum covers an area of 720,000 square meters. The collections comprise nearly a million art treasures spanning five thousand years of Chinese history with a rich concentration of art and artifacts from the Qing imperial court.

    Li Yongge

    Director, Historical Architecture Conservation Center

    Shi Zhimin

    Director, Historical Architecture Department

    Ronnie Chan

    Founder, China Heritage Fund

    Happy Harun

    Project Director, China Heritage Fund

  • Architect of Record

    Pei Partnership Architects

    Gerald Szeto
    Project Architect, New York

    Ping Mo
    Project Architect, Beijing

  • T&M Team

    Calvin Tsao

    Zack McKown

     

    Jonathan Hoover

    Lulin Chen

    Nisha Patel

    Paul Lee

    Richard Rhodes