Two architects, working separately, have designed acclaimed buildings in China, which is experiencing unprecedented growth. Both architects — Wang Shu and Adrian Smith– reach solutions with innovative modern design.

Wang Shu won a Pritzker Prize for his contemporary work, which incorporates native materials and thoughtful siting. The architect spends a week on each site absorbing the atmosphere and studying the topography before beginning conceptual drawings. The New York Times called his work “bold yet refined”. One such example is The China Academy of Art at Xiangshan in Hangzhou, below.

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Architecture by Wang Shu. Image via NY Times. Photo: Lv Hengzhong

Another of Mr. Wang’s renowned structures is the History Museum of Ningbo, which employs vernacular, reclaimed materials.

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Architecture by Wang Shu. Image via NY Times. Photo: Lv Hengzhong.

 

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture also designed buildings in China, but their projects capture the more sleek, commercial movement of the booming nation. The firm won a competition for its design of the propesed Qintai Center  in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

 

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Image via e-architect. Images © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

According to e-architect:

The tower’s unique form is both culturally and environmentally contextual to the city of Wuhan…During the ongoing concept design phase, the cultural influence of the building has been developed in relation to the building’s energy performance.

 

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Image via e-architect. Images © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Hopefully China will experience smart growth as a result of the efforts of these and other architects.

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