Architect Firm: Shenzhen Huahui Design Co., Ltd
Principle Architects: XIAO Cheng
Design Team: LIAO Guowei, ZHU Lin, LIANG Ziyi, LIANG Jianyuan, XU Mu, ZHAN Jigao, YANG Jing, LI Yanling
Location: Lhasa, Tibet, China
Total Floor Area: 8,000 m2
Completion Date: 2018
Photography: YAO Li
Lhasa is a very special city. Here, nature and humanity, history and modernity intertwine with each other, forming the specific conditions for our design as well as the core of our thinking.
The concept of "heavenly road" is embodied at three levels. Firstly, it refers to a walking path at physical level. Inspired by the prototype of zigzag footpath of Potala Palace, it is transformed into a spatial circulation rising from the entrance of the site to the building and spiraling up inside the museum.
The second is the path of special experience brought by spatial superposition. The archetype of the museum is evolved from the main hall of the Jokhang Temple, which is introverted and stable. Superposed with the visiting path formed by the concept of “heavenly road”, a very diverse relationship between human and physical space is formed, either high or low, narrow or open, dark or bright, as if experiencing a special life journey.
The subtle psychological and emotional changes triggered by the unique spatial experience leads to a third meaning of the heavenly road, the road of heart.
After appreciating the rich intangible cultural heritage of Tibet through a hard climb, visitors will finally reach the ending point where they can overlook the Potala Palace across both time and space, establishing a dialogue as well as paying a tribute not only to Tibet’s great natural landscapes, history and culture, but also to the holy land at the bottom of everyone's heart.