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 Wang Shu, .

An amazing work, more pictures after the break:

Cite: "Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio" 22 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Ian

    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.

  • M

    looking good….the selection of materials and their use is really nice.

  • archdork

    fascinating architecture! east meets west! old meets new!
    beautiful and subtle blending of materials and colors! I just can’t take my eyes off!

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  • Richie

    I was going to make the same comment as Ian in response to Roadkill, i.e. the scale of the Alto house is so much smaller that the effect is very different. Also, the brick styles in the Alto house were done in a very subtle way, whereas the contrast in stone patterns on this exterior is quite drastic. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad effect, I just find the end result sort of cluttered or chaotic looking and I think the building might be better if a simpler approach had been taken.

  • Carl

    At first glance it has to be said the building looked a little ugly. However, once your eyes adjust you begin to pick up some of the brilliance of the design such as the slanting walls etc. I also think the landscape makes the building look less “clumsy” than it would maybe appear in a more intimate setting.

  • patsch

    its just a cold building. Its more like a monument, than a place to meet.

    • Jeremy

      Its a museum not a pavilion. The museum is simply a monument; a monument to history, genius, talent, etc. The material choice is great, the only problem I have relates exactly to what someone pointed out earlier, it looks like it is in the middle of the desert but instead its placed into more of an urban context. Once I realized that I questioned the choice.

  • daniel

    it’s quite special.

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  • maninred

    The dark grey and yellow part of the wall, as you see in the picture, are made of tiles (瓦,in Chinese) which used in the roof of traditional Chinese houses. The rest of the wall are made of stones and grey bricks. All these surface martirial are widely used in Southen China. Inside the building also reminds me of Longtang or Hutong (弄堂). Very Southen China.

    However, I don’t like the steel ceiling and wooden floor, I think cement is better choice.

  • Viki

    I think it would be better if there are less inclines, windows and trees…

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  • SillyBug

    Takes courage to undertake such a design.
    I think it is…magnificent.,

  • maguoli

    it’s a very specially idea,but the surface of the building is a little complex…..

  • sunx

    the complex wall reminds me of my old house in the countryside ; ~
    Wang got the ancient materials such as bricks &red tiles used which we chinese meet every day many years ago.
    He keeps the precious memory well . As a chinese we really need this special thoughts , so maybe this building was kind of urgly but its meaningful to those who actually use it , i dont wanna have a mess of morden buildings surrounding such an old town Ningbo

    Forgive me for my poor English!

  • Deele

    Oh my god, it looks so beautiful!

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  • Taylor

    I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.

  • lorzo

    Why the f++ everyone has to mention about Zumthor when something similar appearance shows? Study the history !!

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  • RipBang

    wow. the dry stack style walls are history in and of themselves. bravo.

  • NM

    “One of the most experimental and outspoken architects of China, Wang Shu, born 1963, surprised the world at the 2006 Architectural Biennale Venice with the Chinese contribution “Tiles Garden: A Dialogue Beyond City, Between an Architect and an Artist” in which he presented an installation of a sea of grey Chinese tiles, crossed by a bamboo bridge. Those tiles, thousands of them, came from demolition sites in China, where old structures were being replaced by new building complexes. Wang Shu shows how recycled and familiar materials (tiles and bricks) can be used in very contemporary architectural projects. He is referring to large scale demolition so common everywhere nowadays in China and how to keep up traditional modes of living in a rapidly changing context. At the moment, he is constructing five highrises of 100 m height each at Hangzhou, where traditional floorplates of two level housing with courtyards are stacked on top of each other. Wang Shu is Professor and Head of the Architecture department at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.”

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  • NM

    By the way, I see a similar approach working almost anywhere where stone, or earth for that matter, was used in traditional architecture.

    an archaic-looking fortressy (yet intelligently laid out) structure like this would also work magic if anyone dared to put it in the middle of a capitol of the so-called First world.

  • MovingCities

    For those interested in knowing more about this building and its architect, we just published “Local Hero | Wang Shu”, an interview by Bert de Muynck with Wang Shu (Amateur Architecture Studio) that was published in MARK Magazine#19. The interview took place in December in the then recently completed Historic Museum in Ningbo. Wang Shu talks about the above Historic Museum and explains his design philosophy by going deeper in some of his recent constructions like the Contemporary Art Museum (Ningbo), Five Scattered Houses (Ningbo), the Historic Museum (Ningbo), Xiangshan Campus (Huangzhou) and the Ceramic House (Jinhua). [post] [interview]

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  • fadi

    The urban context in the perspective view is touchy…i think the whole conceptual idea is strong…

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