Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio

© Iwan Baan

In Iwan Baan‘s website, we found one of the latest works he photographed, the Ningbo Historic Museum designed by , .

An amazing stone work, more pictures after the break:

Cite: "Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio" 22 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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      what’s argly? If u mean ugly, it might be. but how u judge every chinese architector by single project.

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    excellent architecture…it looks as if it has been there for ever…very architecural in terms of making use of local building typologies and materials.

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    Wow this is very impressive. I thought this was in a desert. it has the quality of an ancient wall. Zumthor has spiritual followers in China !

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      that is a lame comment, Leo

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    The outside walls are just amazing, like archeological layers unfortunately the inside simply looks like it belongs to another building. I also wonder if a timber deck is suitable for that type of architecture. No comment about the site implantation…Where is the site?

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    The outside walls are just amazing they look like archeological layers. Unfortunately the inside simply looks like it belongs to another building. I also wonder if a timber deck is suitable for that type of architecture. No comment about the site implantation…Where is the site?

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    Well I see. Huuumm.. Does this wall also have Profilit horizontal glass and sloping concrete walls? These two elements creates uniw=que feature of this building. I would rather love to see thins building ONLY with this wonderful mason wall.

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    Very nice building indeed; it is quite refreshing to see Chinese architects reinventing an almost pastoral style of architecture in such contrast to Europe – it is the New Vernacular style!

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    It’s hideous. Sticking to the outside, the use of divergent materials is appealling in historic buildings, since they depict different moments in construction, different constraints, stories… here, they are purely cosmetic, like a permanent costume for an historic reenactment. I find quite illustrating of the quality of the building (and the designer’s intention) the simple fact that no interior picture show the purpose of the windows in the surface. Pure Bang!chitecture. Zumthor’s spiritual followers? try Zumthor’s esthetics’ followers instead. Amateur ones.

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      The outside materials are actually recycled bricks and stones from the houses that were present on site before the construction of the museum. Since it is a history museum, I think that the repurposed materials are a great way to capture the history of that particular site and Wang Shu achieved a real sense of meaning to the place and the building.

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    Some harsh criticism for a project we have only seen very selected photos for and no text…

    I can say that it appears that too much is happening for a site with little or no context… But I would like to hear something about the method of deployment for materials.

    And Arman… is it hideous because of the factors you state or purely as a matter of your own aesthetic sense?

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    I like this one, the using of materials for the walls are outstanding, not like other that occasionally use the masonry as walls

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    Just Great! Before i saw it was Wang Shu, before i saw it was in China, i had my eye stuck on the glimpse of picture i had in my mail box and recognized this as a great project! This guy is great and with few other chinese architects will save China from crap! Amazing poetry to see how he reused the beautiful walls that you can find in the small villages surrounding Ningbo. In those villages, people reuse old materials to dress their walls with colored patchwork while respecting the old building techniques! Those villages are exemplary in the way they offer renewed dwelling in preserved typologies! I guess here, Wang Shu’s interpretation is both a reaction to the program and the climate and also a reaction of protection against the more agressive environnement of this aweful urban planning. I can tell you that to get to this point of creativity on a public building in China it asks a lot of persecerence and fighting spirit! I don’t know how this guy negociates with his clients but obviously he convinced some persons in Ningbo after the Modern Art Museum and the sustainable Villas projects. I hope i can meet him soon!

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    It’s quite beautiful.
    I love those ancient looking texture marrying the very sharp geometric shapes.
    I don’t mind the interior except the escalator and the ceiling.
    I wish, the site was in the middle of the desert where people have to take half day or whole day to travel to see the building…well…just my thought…
    It seems like the landscape work is not quite finished, yet.
    But, don’t you think, the landscape is too flat and squre for the design of the building? I wish, they designed mounds with different elevations.

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    The walls are just fabulous and transmit a sense timeless.But i find the building in all to be extremely incoherent. From the ouside it looks like a less minimal the inside courtyard it looks like mansilla e tuñon and on the inside it looks like something from oma with that horrible ceilling and mechanical staircases…silent and sober on the outside..loud and fashionable on the inside…i don’t know…either the architect is young or he needs phycoanalisis to find out his architectural personality…

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    typically there’s some laziness in this type of post:
    very little text, not drawings and only promotional photos with only one interior shot… lets try a bit harder guys

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    I find it amazing and slightly bizarre on first inspection, like some hybrid of modern architecture and a medieval castle. I think the external treatments are unforunately overdone (the 10 different types of finish\pattern randomly applied in a weird collage effect) which clashes with the peacefulness that monolithic stone would normally achieve. The interiors seem quite impressive.

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    by the way Richie, Aalto used many different types of brick for his summer house and it is seen as work of genius – because this is in chine made and designed by Chinese people it is bizarre?

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    Impressive work-reflects the great spirit of western education and the lost of far-eastern architecture tradition
    no doubt of good architects completing their architecture education in Europe and emigrating back to their native country with a lot of imported knowledge, a good transition of actual western Architecture

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    Wang Shu was fully educated in China.
    Same story with another rising chinese star, Urban China’s Jiang Jun. You don’t need Columbia to be a rockstar.

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    Roadkill: I think you have to consider in the case of the aalto summer house the scale of the project. A strategy employed on the scale of a house may not be as effective on a huge complex. Just looking at the first photo, it’s hard to imagine being able to touch or place your glass on the masonry work 40 ft in the air… which is part of the enjoyment of the Aalto.

    It is an interesting comparison though… did not think of it myself.

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