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Eight Tenths Garden

May 04, 2017
Multi-Purpose Crafts Museum

Eight Tenths Garden

The perfect one-stop-shop if you’re in the mood for a culture hit, serene Eight Tenths Garden in Shanghai’s Jiading is a new museum specialising in arts and crafts, designed by local architects Wutopia Lab.

A beautiful shrine to all things enamel, it boasts a gallery on the first two levels housing a huge collection of historic plates, cups, basins and even a bathtub, with both vintage and contemporary enamel on display. This new multi-purpose space also features an exquisite rock garden, modelled on 1970s street parks and rockeries, with a mini waterfall inspired by the paintings of Qiu Ying, a coffee shop, restaurant, library/study, bed and breakfast, and chess-playing rooms.

Architecture fans will appreciate the white perforated-aluminium, pleated screens that clad the renovated cylindrical central museum hall, intended to resemble the subtle folds of a fan. The six-storey space is perched on a triangular site, flanked by pools, stone bridges and landscaped greenery.

Wutopia’s client is the former manager of a famous Shanghai enamel factory, who hopes to champion Chinese homewares made from this once-loved material (which sadly has recently fallen out of favour). The mix of crafts includes metal works decorated with enamel patterns. His son has set up a new craft firm on the third floor creating modern pieces celebrating enamelware. A vegetable garden occupies the roof, adding a little piece of heaven to this inner-city design Eden.

Eight Tenths Garden / Jiayi Lu / Jiading

Photos © Wutopia Lab