Wang Shu, the renowned Chinese architect who won the 2012 Pritzker Prize, was included on the "Time 100," Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Shu's visionary architectural projects are celebrated for their contextual relevance, which infuse historical Chinese traditions into distinctly contemporary structures. As Time notes,"Wang Shu is the rare architect who has successfully blended China’s quest for novel and eye-catching architecture with respect for traditional aesthetics." !
Ningbo History Museum; Photo: Iwan Baan
In a country going through a continuing development boom, traditional Chinese structures, while often historic and graceful, are bulldozed in favor of large-scale uber-contemporary building projects that have no relation to their surrounding aesthetics. His distinct buildings, which typically incorporate the ubiquitous Chinese courtyard, are a visual protest against the wasteful destruction of traditional architecture. The Ningbo History Museum was built out of 66,000 reclaimed tiles that were dumped in landfills. Shu's buildings prove that contemporaneity does not have to mean extravagance.
See our previous post on Shu's Pritzker win here
Zhongshan Road; Photo: Iwan Baan