Among the projects we have accepted about pseudo-classic architecture, restoration designing is of great scientific value. Major projects include: “restoration design of the ancient architecture in Shanhaiguan Pass” (1986-1992), “remedy design of the garden of the Mansion of Prince Yixin in Beijing” (1986-1987), “restoration design of the Hanyuan Palace in the Chinese Culture Village in Nara, Japan” (1989-1991), “restoration design of the imperial palace of Dadu, the capital of the Yuan Dynasty” (1992), “restoration design of the White Tower in Wuwei, Gansu Province” (2001), “restoration design of the former residence of Cao Xueqin, in Beijing” (2003), “restoration design of Yanping Gate of Chang’an City in the Tang Dynasty, in Xi’an” (2005), etc.
Representative projects are:
Restoration design of the ancient architecture in Shanhaiguan Pass (1984-1992)
Situated 15 kilometers northeast of Qinghuangdao, Shanhaiguan Pass was built in the Ming Dynasty, as an important pass in the east section of the Great Wall. Today it is a symbol of Shanhaiguan District, and is a historical and cultural heritage site placed under special state protection.
To promote tourism, the government of Shanhaiguan District entrusted us with the restoration design of the South Gate Tower, Southeast Corner Tower (Tower of Stable Border), Linlv Tower, Muying Tower, Laolongtou (Old Dragon Head) section of the Great Wall, Temple of the Sea God, Xixian (Rest Place of Wisemen) Temple in Jiaoshan Mountain, etc.
We designed for the restoration of towers such as the South Gate Tower and the Southeast Corner Tower (Tower of Stable Border) according to historical documents and the relics preserved today, and the characteristics in architectural structure and technology of the Ming Dynasty reflected in the East Gate Tower and other architecture built in Ming Dynasty and preserved until today.
To restore the original scenery and form of the Laolongtou site in Ming Dynasty, we designed a 20-meter long stone city extending to the sea, Tower of the Great Wall in South Seaport, City Tower of Ninghai, No. 1 Jinglu Watchtower, Garrison Office and Drill Ground, etc.
Based on our research on the history and features in the architectural structure, technology, site-choosing and layout of the Temple of the Sea God, we gave suggestions and worked out a blueprint for the restoration of the temple.
In the project of Xixian (Rest Place of Wisemen) Temple in Jiaoshan Mountain, we first studied the site, size, outward appearance, and structure of the Main Hall, the Gate, the Hall of Kwan-yin, and the Sea Watching Pavilion, then we designed dozens of architecture such as the Hall of Kwan-yin, Sanxian (Three Wisemen) Memorial Temple, Guandi Temple, Huanhou Memorial Temple, and Pavilion of Kuixing, etc, based on the reconnaissance of the site, the referential documents, and the memory of senior local residents.
This project is our early work on restoration design of architecture in cultural sites and was awarded first prize in the appraisal of designing work of China Architecture Design & Research Group in 1991.
Restoration design of the Hanyuan Palace in the Chinese Culture Village in Nara, Japan (1989-1991)
As a major construction group of Daming Palace, the imperial palace of the Tang Dynasty, in Chang’an city, Hanyuan Palace was built in A. D. 666, originally on a series of high frusta, but only remains were preserved till today.
It is among the first group of “historical and cultural sites under special state protection” proclaimed in 1961.
In 1989, entrusted by the Chinese Culture Village of Nara, Japan, we undertook the task of designing for the replication of Hanyuan Palace. The design was based mainly on the archeological data in 1959 and the size was designed to be 8/10 of the original. When the overall layout, outside appearance, size and proportion were set, we made further design on details of the architecture, material and methods, according to historical documents and referential data. Furthermore, we made profound study on the comparison between ancient architectural structure and modern structure, and how ancient styles could fit with modern requirements, etc, in order that our work could have both modern functions and the size, shape and appearance of a large palace in early Tang Dynasty.
The design of this project is on the basis of a comprehensive study on the evolution history of the size, shape, and structure of architecture in the Tang Dynasty. Early archeological data and historical documents were used as reference. Therefore it is of high academic value.