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Lizhuang World War II Cultural Preservation Museum featuring TJAD Original Design Studio


Sep 14, 2023

The Lizhuang Museum of Culture Preservation in World War II, designed by TJAD Original Design Studio, is located in the Lizhuang Moonfield area of Yibin City, Sichuan Province. This area is known for its historical significance during the War of Resistance against Japan, attracting many cultural figures and individuals with high ideals. The design of the museum aims to integrate modernity, locality, and cultural characteristics while preserving the historical atmosphere of the ancient town.

To achieve this, the design strategy focuses on four aspects. Firstly, the museum aims to internalize the ancient city by transforming traditional streets and alleys into museum spaces. Secondly, it aims to flow history by responding to the historical value of cultural preservation during World War II. Thirdly, the strategy of “tile courtyard restoration” is employed to respond to the local context of traditional housing in southern Sichuan province. Lastly, the design incorporates the “floating cornice” strategy to align with contemporary architectural logic.

The museum is a two-story building, designed to blend seamlessly with the ancient town. The design creates two small plazas on the southwest and east sides of the base, connecting fragmented street spaces and providing a gathering and interaction space for people. The plan layout resembles a courtyard in southern Sichuan province, symbolizing the convergence of multiple cultural veins. The museum roof retains the characteristic curvature of local traditional dwellings while incorporating elements of modern architecture.

The museum aims to pass down patriotic stories from generation to generation. To achieve this, a small volume continuous space is adopted to accommodate the segmented narrative format. The exhibition areas are connected by streamline-shaped paths, allowing visitors to view the exhibition while enjoying the view of the Yangtze River. Multiple terraces with stunning river views are located on the top floor, providing additional viewing routes. The museum also features a three-dimensional courtyard formed by the courtyard on the second floor, water courtyard on the first floor, and bamboo courtyard on the first basement floor.

Precast concrete slabs are used throughout the exterior, with traditional tiles placed in a certain rhythm to create a curved surface. This design element not only highlights the grandeur of the building but also gives a sense of history. The structural columns are designed to not obstruct views of the Yangtze River, with a thin roof that resembles a “floating cornice.” BIM advanced design technology was employed to increase efficiency and accuracy throughout the design and construction process.

Overall, the Lizhuang Museum of Culture Preservation in World War II harmoniously integrates with its surroundings, preserving the historical background of the ancient town and offering breathtaking views of the Yangtze River.

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