The site of the Museum is located in the newly developed Cijuelin cultural and creative park, which is on a slight slope extending from the Lhasa river valley facing the old city proper of Lhasa across the river to the north, and surrounded by mountains on its eastern , western and southern sides.
Tibet is considered to be a holy place close to the sky, with the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple being pilgrims’ destinations. So , our basic design concept of “Heavenly Road” is consistent with the most unique natural and cultural genes here. The concept of “heavenly road” is embodied at three levels.
Firstly, we find 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.
Secondly, it means a unique experience of space.
The main volume of the museum evolves from the main hall of the Jokhang Temple, forming an introverted and stable space.
The touring path of the “heavenly road” put up in such a space creates a diversified spatial experience that makes people feel tall, narrow, spacious, dim, or bright in different public spaces or exhibition chambers, and indicates an reflection of a special journey of life.The subtle psychological and emotional changes triggered by the unique spacial 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. Credits:- Director Architect – Guowei Liao- Chief Architect – Cheng Xiao.