The Forbidden City Analysis
Analyzing Space: The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was enacted by the Ming dynasty emperor, Chengzu, who reigned from 1402-1424. He named his reign “Yongle” which means, “perpetual happiness” and created the Forbidden City as an exclusive district for the Emperor. The complex is basically a city within a city2. The reconstruction of Beijing by Chengzu, was done so over the remains of what Khubilai abandoned. There were three distinct regions of Beijing: the outer city, the inner city, and the Forbidden city. The components of the Forbidden city were constructed from a ‘kit of parts’ and kept to a strict color scheme. There were hundreds of different building types, so this was important to unify the elements of the city to portray cohesion3.
In architecture, almost every space will have a center, whether intentional or not. This is not necessarily mean that the space must have symmetry, it simply refers to the core of the space. However, in Beijing and the Forbidden City, there was obvious and intentionally symmetry that supplemented the center of space. The Forbidden City was…