Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio


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

An amazing work, more pictures after the break:

Cite: "Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio" 22 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    Would be 1000% better if it includes some green creeping up the facade…

    that will pull itself away from the Zumthor stony look…

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    love it. Finally something original and not just fluff.
    I like the fact that they didn’t go the way of the typical Chinese look. Pagodas are nice and all but not all architecture in China needs to be inspired by it. China is modernizing and it’s new architecture will reflect that. I find that it is usually us westerners that have a problem every time an Asian country does something that goes contradictory to the stereotypes that we have of them. As if they must keep building traditional Chinese building just to make us happy.

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    very nice.
    I am from IRAN.
    China, like IRAN is an old Country with very old history.
    In this place you can see the Ceramic map that arrive to my dear IRAN, Siraf port (oldest port of IRAN) Rey city (Now capital city of IRAN), Nishaboor city, Mina Port in south.
    You can see 2 IRANI men that chinis people are coprating with him.GOOD.I Love china too.
    Just you should put some one there who could speak Eng and now the history to help us and the Taxi was my problem.
    So best always my dears

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    i went there, just love it ,even though reusing old material is not a new idea,the building looks great

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    Wang Shu is not a zen monk but a local hero, he is fighting a tough war in China – ground zero. Architecture is beyond aesthetic issues. Read more about him. He offers hope to the world. I hope he has ur support.

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    the responses are almost as interesting as the building – i wonder how many architects, how many digi heads (greg lynn etc) and how nmany artists ahve come to comment, you should all leave your profession and some of you should consider for a fractio longer what you are actually saying on world stage
    ps, , exquisite building more for formal manipulation of a tricky material, interior and exterior need to be nothing alike, zumpthor? … no way., i would dearly like to meet the architect and dicuss their ideas

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    It does seem that everybody is into this kind of stuff lately. Don’t really understand it though, but thanks for trying to explain it. Appreciate you shedding light into this matter.

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    must be people entitled To their humanity or in most cases are they granted their humanity? Is an unborn little one (embryo/fetus) entitled To it’s humanity upon conception or sometime in the time of gestation, or is this granted this’s humanity upon birth? in most cases are disabled persons who probably are managed like non-persons entitled how to their humanity do to they’re human, or achieve they have how to “generate” their humanity, or be granted their humanity, using proving that they’re intelligent adults capable of reasoning The way The Rest of us attain?Does posessing humanity every have a lot To accomplish by being human?

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    The forms are beautiful as a sculpture but as a human environment it is opressive and devoid of any human scale. Just piles of trash with holes poked into it and appears to be ready to topple and bury civilization and mankind. No site planning just dropped into the middle of flat concrete.

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    interesting. from these photos, can’t see much interior. but i think that site needs wayyy more forest infill, with just a thin moat of interacting hardscape around said building. this current treatment is too stately, a lame counterpart to the facade’s brilliant material juxtaposition.

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    It’s beautiful. The textures are amazing. But I must agree that the exterior is much more appealing than the interior. It makes me so curious to find out how he’s done it.

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