High Purity Taoist Palace: A Modern Take on Classical Heritage

Guanghai Cui's Protective Shelter Blends Modernity and Tradition

Guanghai Cui's High Purity Taoist Palace is a protective shelter that seamlessly merges modern architectural philosophy and technologies with the traditional aesthetics of a Taoist palace. This award-winning design is a testament to the innovative approach to heritage conservation, meeting the demands of local communities and religious groups while respecting the site's historical significance.

The design of the shelter recalls the classical Chinese architectural style, featuring curved hip roofs and gable roofs of varying volumes. These elements, combined with modern architectural features, manifest the hierarchic order of the historical buildings of the Taoist palace, thereby preserving the genius loci of the site.

A steel structure creates a column-free space of 30m in length and width for the main shelter, mimicking the roof style of important classical Chinese buildings. The use of four different forms of foundations minimizes interference with the unearthed remains and underground relics, demonstrating a careful balance between preservation and innovation.

The High Purity Taoist Palace is more than just a shelter; it is a space for interaction and religious purposes. The courtyard and halls were built according to archaeological information, representing the sense of a traditional Taoist Palace. The main shelter, located in the center of the courtyard, connects with the Three-Purities Hall at the end of the central axis, creating a continuous column-free space for presentations and religious activities.

Construction of the project commenced in May 2019 in Yingtan, Jiangxi, and was completed in July 2021. The project aimed to balance modern conservation requirements and architectural self-discipline with the expectations of local communities and the Taoist religious group. This balance was achieved by respecting and emphasizing the genius loci of the site.

The High Purity Taoist Palace was awarded Silver in the A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2023. This prestigious award recognizes top-of-the-line, creative, and professionally remarkable designs that demonstrate outstanding expertise and innovation. The award is a testament to the design's strong technical characteristics, splendid artistic skill, and remarkable level of excellence.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: GUANGHAI CUI
Image Credits: GUANGHAI CUI
Project Team Members: Guanghai Cui, Jing Li, Mingxia Zhu, Lin Zhou, Zhilan Xu Xiaoxiao Ma, Jin Tao, Ningxin Zheng, Jing Wang, Zhigang Ma Jinghui Xu, Su Zhou, Suna Liu, Qinghua Zhang, Lin Chai Tianyu Yang, Zhuo Lv, Yahui Wang, Shuang Qu, Zao Jiang
Project Name: High Purity Taoist Palace on the Site
Project Client: GUANGHAI CUI

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