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New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio

  • 01:00 - 27 April, 2009
New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio
New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio

New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio +26

From the architect. Here's another amazing project designed by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio photographed by Iwan Baan. 

This building, located in Hangzhou - China, mixes traditional chinese architecture with a contemporary way of rethinking these ancient ideas.

All the photographs by Iwan Baan after the break.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio" 27 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/20523/new-academy-of-art-in-hangzhou-wang-shu-amateur-architecture-studio/>
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norbit · March 20, 2013

give me duff

Arvo · August 18, 2012

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Vinorus OSM · August 13, 2012

I don't hate the design, but I think the design grew on me. I would like to study in a campus like this.

Deluo Chen · April 07, 2016 03:18 PM

i have some friends studying in this campus and myself also have been there. Well, it really looks nice in pictures, connection with nature and plants. However, it really feels scary at night and uncomfortable to live and study in.

Marko · November 18, 2012 10:46 AM

Michelle January 11, 2010 What a beautiful setniment, thanks for sharing with the world! I stumbled upon your blogs and found your favorites list which led me to this one, and I was very curious what had gotten you one of the best hugs. It seems rightfully so. I wish you guys the best!

Twinka · June 03, 2012

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öznur PINAR · March 08, 2012
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Ines Escauriaza · March 01, 2012

GENIAL Wang Shu, premio Pritzker. New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio
http://t.co/fIHeuzIh

La Habichuela Mágica · March 01, 2012

hermoso diseño arquitectónico de Wang Shu http://t.co/TGrT2jyP

verde? · February 29, 2012

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km · February 29, 2012

where are the drawings?

Jackfu · March 25, 2012 02:38 PM

Hangzhou,China

Helena Matute · February 29, 2012

GENIAL Wang Shu, premio Pritzker. New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio
http://t.co/fIHeuzIh

A4D · February 28, 2012

Svaig?k? Prickera laure?ta Wang Shu slaven?k?s b?ves: muzejs Ningbo
http://t.co/5iM09KWn, M?kslas akad?mija Handžou http://t.co/XhOSA5Zj

Kristina · February 28, 2012

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Patrick · February 28, 2012

I&#39m totally sold by these pictures on Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu: http://t.co/9pfyUJbc #brutalistbutbeautiful #architecture

Arturo Rodríguez · February 28, 2012
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Vicente Gascó · February 28, 2012

Estos trabajos le dan una patada por atrás al "International Style". Por #WangShu. http://t.co/l9Ny5X5w #PritzkerArch

Eddie G. Melendez · February 28, 2012

Estos trabajos le dan una patada por atrás al "International Style". Por #WangShu. http://t.co/l9Ny5X5w #PritzkerArch

bojan pavlovic · February 28, 2012

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JAIME GARCIA LUCIA · February 28, 2012

fotos de la academia de arte en hangzhou, de wang shu y lu wenyu, ganadores del @PritzkerPrize : http://t.co/bWsF8Nmx vía @ArchDaily

osman ghaffar · February 28, 2012

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Shar · February 28, 2012

Coming back to architecture after 20 years absence, I finally realize how architectuer grows on you with time. I was taken by Louis Kahn when I saw the documentary last week with a totally new understanding than the time I studied him in the grad school. As an architect, we do, sort of, play God. We define or, better, induce people's action and emotion in a space. We set people up in a way that we promote. I believe Wang is at that level of thinking. Congrats for the award.

txema ballester arq · February 28, 2012

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C. Zamudio · February 28, 2012

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alejandro hernandez · February 28, 2012

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ztx · February 28, 2012

The architect has not resolved the disparate languages of his work. It's a little under developed, intellectually and formally.

AOKI TOYO · May 25, 2011

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AOKI TOYO · May 25, 2011

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cortebrezo · November 06, 2010

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THIAGO ESPOSITO · November 06, 2010

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Gastón Rojas · October 16, 2010

New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu http://t.co/oXE9KoU vía @archdaily Capturando la esencia

kucuni · August 31, 2010

Going to #hagnzhou for a site visit.
http://bit.ly/_HZ_arch http://fb.me/A8gatCvH

sabey · February 09, 2010

what a mess!

ddc · January 26, 2010

They, like Wang Shu, represented well what is Chinese, but for DETAIL, there is still a long way to go.

Modern Zen Architecture · January 25, 2010

Always leave it to the Chinese to build things in a grand scale. First impression, I like it. Modern, contemporary, creative. It's nice...

dante · January 25, 2010

bang??? ??????? ?? ??????? ?????????? ????????? ????????

Bang · January 25, 2010

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dashen · July 03, 2010 12:28 AM

nice comment, I think u r not a student. right?

helen · January 25, 2010

are roof tiles the ONLY way to express a sense of vernacular through ROOF TILES and SHED ROOF FORMS??

the sheer SCALE of this project is entirely inhuman, and feels unrelated to the environment.

i feel INCREDIBLY insulted as a Chinese person if this project is supposed to be the breeding place for artists for the next century and represent our culture/history/creativity.

also: is it just me or does EVERY SINGLE ONE of the photos look like a shot from a prison?

i'm gonna go cry now.

wartian · January 23, 2010

i believe that western aesthetic value and eastern aesthetic value are different!Even architectural style across mainland of China are vary from different cities. If an architectural connoisseur give a judgment on Chinese contemporary architecture, from what point of view and what value? eurocentric, sinocentric...? Chinese aesthetic value allow to break and to come to perfection in same time! Some sort like to turn tears into smiles. This is a state of ideal contrast!Just like the broken vase form of Beijing Olympic stadium by HDeM and Ai Weiwei. As we always say 'the God is in the details'. God is not always be seen by everyone!if you can see the God, u will love him!if you dint see the god, you don't believe him!

Scottmft · August 22, 2009

One could suggest that the number of responses to this project suggests that this project is interesting...

LCLEE · July 04, 2009

MAX?????????????

max · July 03, 2009

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ivo · June 25, 2009

too much grey

ivo · June 25, 2009

chinacally chaotic! but i like it!

"globalization rocking in a free a world!"

sullka · May 05, 2009

I also think there's waaaaaaay too much going on there.

Bruce · April 29, 2009

???????????????????????????Terry????????

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alright · April 29, 2009

good to be individual works, i especially like the staircases outside the building, got power. but add all together it's really a mess... the buildings do not talk to each other! guess there need some masterplanning?

tim hinson · April 29, 2009

i went to the wrong AAU: http://is.gd/v3Sp comment snobbery aside, i find the complexity inspiring and refreshing

Tieme · April 28, 2009

the video is indeed very interesting..

why?

ninedeer · April 28, 2009

so cool!

francis · April 28, 2009

Questioning the budget and time frame for delivering such a large scale project is relevant. Perhaps bureaucratic issues too? The thing I like about Amateur Architecture Studio is that there their architecture seem to be style-less. A pair or three sweeps of roof in seemingly "Chinese style" is hardly referencing Chinese kulture. The relationship between the buildings and the in-between space need to be appreciated better - this can only be read with an over view of the planning. I find it hard to place a judgement from those photographs alone. The textures speak for itself.

belly · April 28, 2009

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Lucas Gray · April 28, 2009

There are some brilliant moments lost in the complexity of the overall scheme. The two wood panelled walls facing each other in the sixth image is rather elegant. The vertical stone sunscreens on the long facade is also a nice texture. I also like the forms of the curving roofs and even the semi randomness of the external stair cases and ramps. However when you take the whole thing together it just doesn't blend into a cohesive whole. I think these issues are rather common with projects in china. Often they are just too big and firms aren't given the appropriate time to fully develop the concepts. That said I think this actually does a good job referencing the context and traditional chinese building culture. The materiality, white washed walls, flowing peaked roof and masonry are all prevalent throughout this region of China.

James Rock · April 28, 2009

investment like this is why Britain's creative industries looks likely to be overtaken: http://is.gd/v3Sp

HM · April 28, 2009

It make me depress! every where is so dark, so cold except wooden parts. I think it is really good but for robots!

erik1015 · April 28, 2009

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Kara Lindstrom · April 28, 2009

New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio: Shared by k:ra beautiful place for learn.. http://tinyurl.com/cfujal

ben · April 28, 2009

very corbu ronchamp exterior

LCLEE · April 28, 2009

Terry???????????

sylc · April 28, 2009

very nice masonry work. Use very low cost material beautifully.
Some of the facades are very nice thought out, but a lot of them are not.
I am a Chinese, after seeing a couple different buildings by Wang Shu and his masonry construction teams, I started to feel they are getting less and less interesting.
However, I do agree that Mr. Wang is among one of the very best contemporary architect in China.
If he is just focusing working on one building, instead of working on a whole campus, his work is stunning.

Moore · April 28, 2009

so amazing ???????,????????????????.????????,??????????.??????? ???????..??????????????. looking forward next!! Great material composition.

chris · April 28, 2009

i like it

Ting · April 28, 2009

?????????.It's cool~

Lily · April 28, 2009

Hangzhou is very simple but elegant,but this project is only simple.

LCLEE · April 28, 2009

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perfex · April 27, 2009

I look again and again and again and... quality! That is the word!

TW · April 27, 2009

What an amazing project- extremely beautfiul !

It is great to see there are some architects in china who really considerate its history and culture of the country in the design process.
WangShu is perhaps the very best among them. Much better than other chinese star architects such as 'Ma Yansong' if we judge them solely by the sensual qualties of their buildings emanate.

Alexander Lins · April 27, 2009

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gonzalo iturriaga · April 27, 2009

im impresss

Richie · April 27, 2009

If I didn't know better I'd assume that these images were taken from 5 or 6 different buildings.. There are some parts of it that look nicely handled, but overall, I agree with Terry, it's a mess.. They need to reign in the chaotic stylistic approach by several notches.

omg · April 27, 2009

very interesting comtemporary chinese works! good job!!!

Opium · April 27, 2009

I totally agree with t.glenn phillips. There's nothing vernacular about it...just a kitsh reproduction of some clichés of chinese architecture. There's no actual concept, just quotations western comtemporary architecture blended with a little something of chinese feeling.Makes me remember the chinese restaurants in the west whose food as little or anything to do with the original chinese food...it just wants to seem chinese

luna · April 27, 2009

Terry,
why do you think it is pastiche? what do u know about Chinese architecture?

Marcus · April 27, 2009

Good lighting, great materials, poor execution.

Andre · November 17, 2012 11:13 AM

This is definitely a good idea to icndule our website in email's signature. You can also set your IM's title to your website, put your website's URL in forum's signature, and etc to get more people know about it.

Partick Bateman · April 27, 2009

i dont understand this at all.

Dylan · April 27, 2009

They let their interns go a little CAD-crazy with those facades. And I'm pretty sure this whole complex is just a collection of confused facades.

Too bad, with some rich materials to work with.

J · March 01, 2012 12:49 PM

rich materials? obviously,you know nothing about these materials.

Paul Buckley · April 27, 2009

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Glenn · April 27, 2009

Got to say I quite like it as well!

Terry Glenn Phipps · April 27, 2009

Good God in heaven what a mess. What on earth is vernacular about this pastiche extravaganza of egotistical nonsense? There is every reference imaginable going on in this lurid tableau; as if it emerged whole from some postmortem Arquitectonica nightmare circa 1984.

Depending upon whom you choose to believe China has 5000 years of genuine cultural heritage upon which to draw. What exactly, then, is the point of turning one of the greatest nations on Earth into a kitsch theme park that would make the builders of Las Vegas and Dubai blush?

When the visual pollution reaches the epic level of the air pollution it is time to ratchet things down a bit.

Terry Glenn Phipps

alon · February 28, 2012 12:02 AM

well lets see. ...you are nobody and he is a pritzker prize holder. so insted of unlishing your common architect EGO, stop and think and maybe learn the building insted of blurping your nonsece/ all you have here are some photos nothing more... there is much more to this building

Scottmft · August 22, 2009 08:05 AM

I agree that it is a bit of a mess but there are parts that are gorgeous...it needs some editing, to be sure, but I don't agree with your wholesale trashing of the project. Instead of seven elements crashing around three good ones would suffice.

nano · April 27, 2009

like it

Hoi Lau · April 27, 2009

RT @archdaily: New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio... http://tinyurl.com/cfujal

UNDFTD · April 27, 2009

Impressive use again of the vernacular..

UNDFTD · April 27, 2009

Awesome scheme, very vernacular..

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