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Suzhou Museum, China

2006, I.M. Pei, Architect


Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei incorporated traditional Asian ideas when he designed a museum for ancient Chinese art.
Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, China

Garden view of the Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China. I.M. Pei Architect with Pei Partnership Architects. Completed in 2006.

Photo by Kerun Ip for American Masters, "I.M. Pei: Building China Modern"
Located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China, the Suzhou Museum is modeled after Prince Zhong's Mansion. Architect I.M. Pei used the traditional whitewashed plaster walls and dark gray clay roofing.

Although the museum has the appearance of an ancient Chinese structure, it uses durable modern materials such as steel roof beams.

The Suzhou Museum is featured in the PBS American Masters TV documentary, I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

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