Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong
Symbolising an ‘Ark of Art’ and located near the river Yong, in an old industrial area of the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, China, this Contemporary Art Museum complex was completed in 2005 by this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu and his Hangzhou-based practice, Amateur Architecture Studio. Boasting a total floor area of 24,000-square-meters, the steel-and-timber complex encompasses the main building with its exhibition space of 5,300-square-meters, two piers, a rooftop plaza and an original 1980’s control tower. (more…)
Ningbo History Museum in Ningbo, China by Wang Shu's Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong
Yesterday evening, the 48-years-old Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio has joined the likes of Tadao Ando, Norman Foster and Peter Zumthor after he was announced to be the winner of this year’s edition of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. In its 36th edition, the award is considered to be the architecture’s highest honour and Wang is the first Chinese architect to be decorated with the $100.000 prize (although the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, known as I. M. Pei, who was the recipient of the trophy in 1983 was, in fact, born in China). (more…)
Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals in Graubunden, Switzerland, 1996; photo by Helene Binet
Earlier this week, we have come across yet another highly-interesting podcast, this time from World Radio Switzerland’s Swiss By Design series. In this 17-minutes-long episode, award-winning
broadcaster and journalist Jennifer Davies meets the celebrated architect and 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Peter Zumthor who tells her about his spa complex in Vals, how becoming an architect was a ‘big escape to get away’ from his father and why the ‘the smell of the earth of the area’ plays an important role while designing a building.
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