Wang Shu – Chinese Wisdom Depicted in Architecture #CHINAICONS

Wangshu is probably the only architect in China that is able to both create architecture that’s rooted deeply in China and able to express what Chinese architecture should be.

 

The Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou.

 

The Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou.

 

2012 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Wang Shu, repeatedly opens new horizons while at the same time resonating with place and memory. His buildings have the unique ability to evoke the past, without making direct references to historical eras.

 

Ningbo Museum

 

Ningbo Museum

 

Born in 1963 and educated in China, Wang Shu has inspired the world with monumental structures built from the recycled remnants of China’s dismantled buildings, such as roof tiles and bricks, creating rich textural and tactile collages.

 

 

He likes working in collaboration with construction workers, the outcome sometimes has an element of unpredictability, which in his case, gives the buildings a freshness and spontaneity.

 

 

Rather than resting on his laurels, he remains active in teaching and training the future generation of Chinese architects — not only the skills, but also the weight of responsibility an architect should bear.

 

 

In 2013, Wang Shu was honored as one of TIME 100’s Most Influential People. He officially became the “China Icon”, as “the proof that China’s architectural future doesn’t have to discard its past.”

 

 

Director & Editor: Zhu Yan

Cameraman: Xia Qi, Shen Jiajun & ZhangJun