China's dizzying cultural heritage is well-known, but it won't continue to be unless concerted efforts like the rustic Museum of Handcraft Paper are made to preserve it. Designed by Trace Architecture Office, the museum is built out of a variety of locally-sourced materials, and thanks to traditional SunMao Chinese wood building techniques, not a single nail was required to put it together. Just one fixture in the greater village museum and ecological preserve, this marvelous building definitely does Yunnan's paper-making history proud by featuring its products everywhere - even on the interior finish.
The museum was built in a field next to Xinzhuang Village at the foot of Yummnan’s Gaoligaong Mountain. There it acts as an extension to the homes, where making paper is a fixture of daily life, creating something of a village-museum. Not only does the museum showcase the history and technique of traditional papermaking, it also incorporates the product into the building.
Other materials used for construction include fir wood, bamboo and volcanic stone – all sourced locally. Plus the building has a relatively tiny footprint since it is both illuminated and ventilated by passive design. We absolutely can’t think of a more lovely place to celebrate a craft that has sustained the Chinese for centuries.