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Published: Jun 12, 2022 06:29 PM
The solemnity of Chinese architecture

The Museum of Sino-Japanese War 1894-95 was built in 1995 in the south of the Liugong Island in Weihai, Shandong Province. The nearby sea area is the theater of the Museum of Sino-Japanese War. 

The two-story memorial hall is at the foot of a hill beside the sea, overlapping according to topographical changes. The bottom part stretches towards the sea surface. 

A wide fight of steps leads people to the second door. Here they can enter the preface room of the main hall and then turn right to visit various exhibition rooms in turn or go to the seascape platform.

The architect adopted the symbolic shaping method. The gate is like a fractured hull, creating a solemn and stirring atmosphere. Various parts of the exhibition hall mingle and overlap like a hull. The whole building's contour is like a warship sailing from west to east. The shape changes radically, and the effect of the size and light is strong. 

The architectural shape and sculpture are both narrative, pursuing a grand sense of history. 

There is a sculpture at the entrance commemorating heroic figures. A Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) general watches the sea surface with a telescope. The sculpture can be easily understood by ordinary people and meanwhile gives the memorial hall a commemorative effect.