Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu: Recent Work: Construct with the Natural Way
Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series
Wang Shu established the Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997. They have been working and doing research on the reestablishment of contemporary Chinese architecture. They are known for their distinctly contextual attitudes towards design, which prize tradition and timelessness above anything else. In many cases, their use of materials is governed by the local availability of salvaged building elements. Tiles, in particular, represent a material used repeatedly by Amateur Architecture Studio and are used in many of their projects including the Ningbo Historic Museum, the new campus of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the Tengtou Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the Ceramic Houses, Vertical Courtyard Apartments in Hangzhou, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, and the renovation project of Zhongshan Road (the Imperial Street of Southern Song Dynasty), among others.