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Zhang Ke Awarded 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal

08:00 - 12 September, 2017
Zhang Ke Awarded 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal, Beijing Micro Yuan’er (2014). Image © ZAO/standardarchitecture
Beijing Micro Yuan’er (2014). Image © ZAO/standardarchitecture

Chinese architect Zhang Ke, the founder of the firm standardarchitecture, has been awarded the 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal. Presented by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki, the medal recognizes an architect who, in the words of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, is "exceptionally accomplished in the field of creative architecture and has carried on Aalto’s legacy of sustainable, humane design."

“Reporting from the Front” in China: A Talk with Zhang Ke of ZAO/standardarchitecture

09:30 - 9 May, 2016
“Reporting from the Front” in China: A Talk with Zhang Ke of ZAO/standardarchitecture, © SU Shengliang. ImageMicro Yuan’er
© SU Shengliang. ImageMicro Yuan’er

As an architect, no matter how much support you have got, you always feel you are fighting by yourself. – Zhang Ke

The recent turning point experienced by the Chinese economy will probably be treated in future studies as the sign of a new coming era in China. The slowest growth rate in 25 years has already caused profound echoes in the architectural field. As one of the three Chinese participants in the central exhibition, “Reporting from the Front,” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, in this interview architect Zhang Ke discusses his insight into the architectural front line in China, reflecting on architects’ social responsibilities and his vision of tomorrow’s Chinese architecture.

Tibet Namchabawa Visitor Centre. Image Courtesy of ZAO/standardarchitecture Niyang River Visitor Center by standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects. Image © Chen Su Micro-Hutong. Image © Zhang Mingming Micro-Hutong. Image © Su Shengliang + 14

AD Interviews: Zhang Ke / standardarchitecture

06:00 - 21 April, 2016

Zhang Ke is the founder and partner of standardarchitecture, an architecture firm based in China. Still relatively new, the firm has roughly 40 staff members, half of which are from China. Despite their status as a fledgling office, standardarchitecture has already completed a varied range of projects, including urban interventions in the iconic hutongs of Beijing and tourism infrastructure in the Nepal region. In 2015, Zhang Ke and his firm were the focus of an exhibition at the AEDES Gallery in Berlin, titled “Contemplating Basics.” In this interview, Zhang Ke talks about the importance of learning at different schools, as well as his own beliefs about the duty of an architect, the importance of context and his desire to tell stories in architecture.

Tibet Namchabawa Visitor Centre / standardarchitecture

20:00 - 15 October, 2015
Tibet Namchabawa Visitor Centre / standardarchitecture, Courtesy of standardarchitecture
Courtesy of standardarchitecture

Courtesy of standardarchitecture Courtesy of standardarchitecture Courtesy of standardarchitecture Courtesy of standardarchitecture + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pai Town
  • Design Team

    Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, Hou Zhenghua, Claudia Taborda, Maria Pais de Sousa, Gai Xudong, Sun Wei, Yang Xinrong, Wang Feng, Liu Xinjie, Sun Qinfeng, Huang Di, Chen Ling
  • Collaborate Design Institution

    China Academy of Building Research & Tibet Youdao Architecture Associates
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

Micro-Hutong / standardarchitecture

19:00 - 11 October, 2015
Micro-Hutong / standardarchitecture, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Su Shengliang © Zhang Yanping © Zhang Mingming © Su Shengliang + 49

Niyang River Visitor Center / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects

01:00 - 26 February, 2014
Niyang River Visitor Center  / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su + 23