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The Chun Hui Tang's Museum in Suzhou : a project into the traditional Chinese Gardens' City, world heritage.

Ruqing Yin

The Chun Hui Tang's Museum in Suzhou : a project into the traditional Chinese Gardens' City, world heritage.

Rel. Marco Trisciuoglio. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Restauro E Valorizzazione Del Patrimonio, 2015


Nowadays architectural heritage protection is no longer just only for the great monuments, but also for small sites which are younger or less important. Keynote for the great monuments usually is to prevent them from any possible harm while what for the small sites most of which still have reality functions? In China, because of the special shape of traditional architecture, these small architectural heritage could not support the functions all by themselves, weak in offering more space. In consequence, new buildings always been constructed for helping affording functions together with the old buildings, meanwhile with old buildings new buildings should still keep the value of historic. So the problem of the formation of these new buildings under the subtitle of heritage protection arose up. Generally speaking, there are two directions of this type of design: one is to build something as exactly same as the traditional buildings, the other one is to abstract the spirit of the traditional elements to shape a modem one. Within this thesis the former one is considered to be too static for the modem life, most of design in China trends to be in this way. While the later one is more able to bring the historical buildings reborn and also a development of the traditional design method, in my eyes concept in Italy is more like this way as far as what I have seen in this two-and-a-half year study. Under this concept, a small heritage site called Chun Hui Tang as a now abandoned municipal historic relics protection units located in Suzhou , China, where splendid culture and abundant historical resources nourished through over two thousand years has been chosen for the theme of this thesis. With the features of the city and with the analysis of the surroundings of Chun Hui Tang , the function is set to be a Museum of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Suzhou and a base for inheriting them. This project tries to use the symbolic traditional elements and create interesting feelings of space just like the traditional Chinese garden, in order to make an identified new design to elevate the status of Chun Hui Tang in the block and in the city.

Relators: Marco Trisciuoglio
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AO Design
G Geografia, Antropologia e Luoghi geografici > GD Estero
SS Scienze Sociali ed economiche > SSG Sociologia
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Restauro E Valorizzazione Del Patrimonio
Classe di laurea: UNSPECIFIED
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/4443



Chapter I

Design of new building under the concept of heritage protection

Comparison of concept of heritage protection between China and Italy

Concept of heritage protection in China

Concept of heritage protection in Italy

Conclusion of comparison and its relationship with design of new building

Chapter II

The City of Suzhou featured with world heritage of traditional Chinese garden

Suzhou-A city with highly civilized history and of advanced modernization

City status

Long history and the unique ancient urban planning

Tangible cultural heritage and intangible cultural heritage brought by abundant

historical resources and splendid Wu culture

World heritage traditional Chinese garden in Suzhou

Concept and principle of traditional Chinese garden design

Elements used in traditional Chinese garden

Methods of traditional Chinese garden design

Architecture in traditional Chinese garden

Typology of traditional Chinese garden

Chapter III

Chun Hui Tang-a municipality historic relic protection unit located in a historical block in Suzhou

Reason of site selection

History of Chun Hui Tang

SWOT Analysis of the surrounding around Chun Hui Tang

Strength and Opportunity

Weakness and Threats


Status quo of Chun Hui Tang

Chapter IV

Design specification of the Project


Definition of function

Concept from the ancient city gate "Panmen Gate" for the entrance

Concept from traditional Chinese garden

Concept from Typology of traditional Chinese garden for volume shaping

General requirements of designing a museum

Arrangement of the plane


Layout of entrances

First floor

Second floor

Planning of the prospects

Solid part-monopitch black roof with cut-on -top white wall

Transparency and opening

Analysis of the design

Analysis of function distribution

Analysis of traffic line

Analysis of scenery sight

Architectural techniques

Structure and materials


Lighting effect





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