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Chinese wins architecture's top honor

03-01-2012 09:11 BJT

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Chinese architect Wang Shu has won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize. The foundation that oversees the prize recognized his efforts in designing "timeless" buildings in a nation in rapid flux.

Wang Shu is the first architect from China's mainland to win the industry's top award, joining Leoh Ming Pei, a famous Chinese-American architect who won the prize in 1983.

The 49-year-old Wang Shu is recognized for museums, libraries and other structures across China. As China's urbanization rapidly spreads, Wang is known for using recycled materials and creating structures that are aesthetically striking while being environmentally sustainable.

Wang Shu is the first architect from China's
mainland to win the industry's top award.

According to Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, the decision to award Wang Shu the prize acknowledges "the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals". The jury praised Wang's work as "exemplary in its strong sense of cultural continuity and reinvigorated tradition."

Wang expressed surprise at his victory, stating that he believes his work and efforts over the last ten years have finally paid off.

Wang Shu said, "A conclusion that the jury drew from my works is that everything is possible. They said my works are blended with the past, present and future. And it's not easy for architects all over the world. It's like an experiment, and it's difficult to get what you want."

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 to honor a living architect. This year's awarding ceremony will take place in Beijing on May 25th.

One of Wang Shu's masterpiece, Ningbo Museum

One of Wang Shu's masterpiece, Ningbo Museum

One of Wang Shu's masterpiece, Ningbo Museum of Art

One of Wang Shu's masterpiece, Ningbo Museum of Art


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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