Saturday 29th April 2017

Ningbo History Museum

Wang Shu is a Chinese professor and architect who very recently won the Pritzker prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the profession. I wanted to do a post on the building he won it for, the Ningbo History Museum, not only because I think it is a fantastic piece of architecture but also because it is a significant step in acknowledging the developing architectural role China will play in the coming years. Wang, who’s ethos is very much embedded in concerns regarding the ongoing demolitions caused by the rapid urbanization of China, used thousands of broken and discarded pieces of brick and tile from building sites nearby to create the heavily layered effect of the external façades. This labour intensive process is a nod to tradition, history, and a sustainable use of  materials, and serves to create the significant level of depth and reflection needed for a Museum of History.  

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