Founded in 1960 and originally located in the national historic landmark, Zhong Wang Fu palace complex, Suzhou Museum has been a highly-regarded regional museum. A new museum designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei was completed in October 2006.
The design of this new museum visually complements the traditional architecture of Zhong Wang Fu. The new museum is adjacent to the famed Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lion Forest Garden, two of Suzhou's traditional garden homes and among the city's most famous landmarks. The project undoubtedly presented a big challenge to Mr. Pei in terms of designing a modern museum to be in perfect harmony with all the old, classical buildings around it.
Text from: Suzhou Museum