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


Here’s another amazing project designed by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio photographed by Iwan Baan. This building, located in Hangzhou – , mixes traditional chinese architecture with a contemporary way of rethinking these ancient ideas.

All the photographs by Iwan Baan after the break.

Cite: "New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio" 27 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>

    Awesome scheme, very vernacular..


    Impressive use again of the vernacular..

  • nano

    like it

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    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

    • Scottmft

      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.

    • alon

      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

      • awards don’t mean everything.

        that mindset is completely ludricous .. learn from everything and criticize everything. it doesn’t matter that they are pritzkers or not.justs because someone got it doesn’t make them a god.
        (but about judging buildings on mere photos, yes that is true. it is very hard to do and probably shouldn’t be done. the buildings could be quite nice, the only way to know for sure is to go there)

  • Glenn

    Got to say I quite like it as well!

  • Dylan

    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

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

  • Partick Bateman

    i dont understand this at all.

  • Marcus

    Good lighting, great materials, poor execution.

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  • luna

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

  • Opium

    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

  • omg

    very interesting comtemporary chinese works! good job!!!

  • Richie

    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.

  • gonzalo iturriaga

    im impresss

  • TW

    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.

  • perfex

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



  • Lily

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

  • Ting

    有中西元素的合體感.It’s cool~

  • chris

    i like it

  • Moore

    so amazing 很強的語彙組合,將很多現代建築與中式建築元素融合.並善用材料的質感,創新使用材料的可能性.期待能看見更多 王樹建築師將瓦..等有趣的元素應用到極致的作品. looking forward next!! Great material composition.

  • sylc

    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.



  • ben

    very corbu ronchamp exterior

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  • HM

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