By Jing Wang
The Intangible Culture in the Tangible Designs
The traditional patterns are used in various ways in this old city. It is easy to find these traditional elements in windows, pavement, gates, walls, clothes, embroidery, hand fan and so on. These elements are reminding you every minute that you are in Suzhou. All of these patterns come from the traditional culture, and they represent different good wishes. The meaning of these patterns could be seen as a kind of language, which could be understood by the local people.
The Suzhou Museum designed by Ieoh Ming Pei is next to the Humble Administrator’s Garden (Zhuo Zheng Yuan), which is the most famous garden in Suzhou. This museum is an innovative mark bridging Chinese architectural culture from the tradition to the future. The traditional elements and color are used in a modern way, but the local temperament also could be felt from these buildings.