Wang Shu Amateur Architecture Studio is the first major book on the recent work of architect Wang Shu, Pritzker Price winner in 2012, and his wife Lu Wenyu. Together they have run Amateur Architecture Studio, based in Hangzhou, China, for nearly 20 years. At a time when China’s explosive urbanization is making inroads into rural areas and leaving the marks of cheap concrete construction everywhere, Amateur Architecture Studio is keen to work against this tendency by reusing materials from the buildings that Chinese authorities are systematically tearing down.
Amateur Architecture Studio’s working ways successfully represent socially conscious and sustainable new architecture. Wang Shu’s architecture reveals a thoughtful attitude toward both design and implementation, as well as the ability to react flexibly to the surroundings and history of a particular site. At heart, it comes down to preserving Chinese building customs and local awareness of material in a nation that is fast losing its building culture. The studio’s projects inhabit a fascinating field between allusions to traditional Chinese culture and large-scale modern architecture.
This book is published on the occasion of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art exhibition in 2017 of Wang Shu and Amateur Architecture Studio’s work. Featuring a wealth of images by architecture photographer Iwan Baan this is a detailed and reflective guide to Amateur Architecture Studio’s projects, philosophy and methodology.
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011 The Architect as Amateur: The Studio of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu by Kenneth Frampton
019 Ningbo History Museum
047 Zhongshan Imperial Road
061 Amateur Architecture by Wang Shu
067 Tiled Garden
075 Jinhua Ceramic Pavilion
085 Excepts from "One Day". Stage one of the China Academy of Art Campus by Wang Shu
099 Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art
129 Dwelling between Mountain and Water: A Return to the Traditional, Ideal World. The Fuyang Project by Amateur Architecture Studio by Yiping Dong