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Hangzhou: The Latest Architecture and News

An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio

09:30 - 13 May, 2015
Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus Phase 2. Image © Evan Chakroff
Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus Phase 2. Image © Evan Chakroff

“Every couple of years a new manifesto appears, but how long can it last? We need more people doing instead of talking. [At Amateur Architecture Studio] we spend an enormous amount of time experimenting, trying to resurrect the craftsmanship that is almost lost. We use a method that is passed on, hand-to-hand, to re-establish tradition instead of talking about abstract but empty concepts.”
- Lu Wenyu, Hangzhou, 2013

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: “A house instead of a building” is a really famous phrase of Amateur Architecture Studio. What is the meaning behind this concept?

Lu Wenyu: Once, Wang Shu said: “we only make houses, we don’t make architecture.” The house and architecture here have their own meanings. Making a house means making it for the people, making it more tranquil, or closer to nature, more humanized. Instead, architecture is an abstract concept, so many designs nowadays are actually architecture. So this sentence, from almost 20 years ago, “making houses, not architecture”, is about not making that abstract concept, but to make something really concrete and tangible, something that you can touch or that is made with your own hands… so when you see this house, you feel differently.

Ningbo Historic Museum. Image © Evan Chakroff Zhongshan Road. Image © Evan Chakroff CIPEA Villa, Nanjing. Image © Evan Chakroff Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus. Image © Evan Chakroff + 24

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

01:00 - 3 September, 2014

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International, Courtesy of Allied Architects International
Courtesy of Allied Architects International

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Kale Café / YAMO Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Kale Café / YAMO Design, Courtesy of YAMO Design
Courtesy of YAMO Design

Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design + 16

Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiasha, Jianggan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Archtiecture Team

    Jiang Han, James Brearley, Huang Fan, Lin Youzhen, Zhen Lili, Cao Xizhen
  • Landscape Team

    Huang Fang, Xiong Juan, Li Shuyun
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland / Sunlay + RHINESCHEME GmbH

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Shu He Photography
© Shu He Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua, Fan Li, Li Jiangyuan, wolf loebel, Li Ran, Lukasz Piasta, Zhang Xin
  • Area

    4722.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography + 29

Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Courtesy of GOA Architects
Courtesy of GOA Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    8 Lingyin Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310000
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Chen Binxin, Li Zheng
  • Project Chief Manager

    He Jun
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects + 23

Office Renovation in Hangzhou / Daipu Architects

01:00 - 28 November, 2013
Office Renovation in Hangzhou / Daipu Architects, © Xia zhi
© Xia zhi

© Xia zhi © Xia zhi © Xia zhi © Xia zhi + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Dai pu, Luo yaqin, Wang tiantian
  • Contractor

    Zhejiang Sunshine Decoration Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Furniture Manufacture

    Hangzhou Runzhu Science & Technology Co. Ltd
  • Area

    640.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue, © Savoye Architectural Photography
© Savoye Architectural Photography

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Placid Mogan Cottage / genarchitects

01:00 - 25 October, 2013
Placid Mogan Cottage  / genarchitects, © Hou Bowen
© Hou Bowen

© Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Kong Rui, Fan Beilei
  • Interior Designer

    Jia Shaojie
  • Landscape Architect

    Wang Xuanpeng
  • Area

    1055.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
Arthouse / Joey Ho Design, © Yong Chang Wu
© Yong Chang Wu

© Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu + 8

Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

01:00 - 7 April, 2013
XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti, Courtesy of Atelier Fronti
Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

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Yuguandi - Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

01:00 - 27 February, 2013
Yuguandi - Sales Pavilion & Gallery   / BLVD International, © Sun Xiangyu
© Sun Xiangyu

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu + 11

Xixi Wetland Art Village / Wang Weijen Architecture

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, China
  • Category

  • Client

    Xixi Wetlands Park Construction Headquarter
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture + 15

New Museum at China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus / Kengo Kuma & Associates

00:00 - 5 February, 2013
Courtesy of  kengo kuma & associates
Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates

To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou's old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

One Taste Holistic / CROX International Co., LTD

01:00 - 23 October, 2012
One Taste Holistic  / CROX International Co., LTD, © Black
© Black

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, China
  • Category

  • Head Designers

    Tsung-Jrn Lin, CROX International Director
  • Design Team

    Ying-xiuLin ,Ben-tao Li
  • Clients

    One Taste Holistic Health Club
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp Architekten

00:00 - 12 July, 2012
Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp Architekten, © Hans-Georg Esch
© Hans-Georg Esch

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch + 10

  • Architects

    gmp architekten
  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Architect In Charge

    Meinhard von Gerkan
  • Project Manager

    Volkmar Sievers
  • Area

    12700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs