THE SIX DYNASTIES MUSEUM AND NANJING HANFUJIE PLAZA COMPLEX, NANJING, CHINA
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THE SIX DYNASTIES MUSEUM AND NANJING HANFUJIE PLAZA COMPLEX
NANJING, CHINA

The Six Dynasties Museum and Nanjing Hanfujie Plaza complex occupies a key site which also includes a Boutique Hotel and parking and is located adjacent to the historic Nanjing Presidential Palace on the east end of Changjiang Road. To its east are the Meiyuan Village and an Air Force property; to its west the former Presidential Palace; to its south are Changjiang Road and the Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum; to its north is an existing residential complex. The design scheme takes full advantage of the site configuration and program complexity and responds to its unique location next to the Presidential Palace and Meiyuan Village-two national historical landmarks.

The building is organized in two nested L-shaped volumes with a Chinese garden in the heart of the complex. The museum volume projects forward to distinguish the museum entrance from the rest of the complex as well as to create a plaza along this main road in front of the hotel volume.

The buildling complex is unified inside and out by the use of two materials that dominate the exterior of the building: A beige limestone which covers the walls and the glass of the fenestrations and skylights.

Museum Component: The museum is organized as an L-shaped volume along the east and north side of the site. The double-height museum entrance is carved underneath the museum’s stone volume of the southeast façade. The all-glass canopy resting above the entryway frames the main entrance of the museum.

An entrance gallery within the museum leads visitors to the monumental atrium covered by a grand skylight. Visitors may enter into the museum’s main galleries, Level 2 and 3 and Level B-1 through this grand space. On the ground level visitors may access the temporary exhibition, café and shop. A grand staircase at the north end of the atrium leads visitors to level 2 of the mezzanine where the museum’s first gallery and digital library are located. The staircase also connects to level B-1, which comprises the Ancient Relic Wall hall, multiuse room and museum’s support facilities. Finally, Level 2, also accesible via the grand staircase, houses the museum’s permanent galleries.

Hotel Component: The hotel’s main entrance is located along Dongjian Road, directly across from the Presidential Palace. The hotel is organized in two volumes: a 2-level volume with a garden on top and a 6-level volume with hotel rooms facing the garden, the street and the Presidential Palace beyond. Level 6 is reserved for luxury suites.

The Hotel lobby and the museum atrium are separated by means of a glass wall that allow for transparency between the two components. A 2-story sunken patio covered by skylights between the museum and the Hotel brings natural light to multiple components of both the museum and Hotel.

Building Height: The complex is set to a maximum building height at roof level of 24 meters. However, the entire complex is set to recognize a 21-meter building height limitation: This approach preserves the natural daylighting for adjacent buildings and allows for breathtaking views throughout the complex.