“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu develop a radically different approach to majority architecture in China as opposed to Chinese architectural traditionalism and an often destructive modernity from which they emancipate themselves.

 

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese architects Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu from 31 May to 28 October in the Large Gallery. Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, with their firm Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, have developed an approach that is radically different from most Chinese architecture. Freeing themselves from Chinese architectural traditionalism and often destructive modernity, they have established new practices that are both inventive and critical.


 

Practical information

“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio”
31 May – 28 October, 2018
Architecture Center Arc en Rêve,
7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux
France

 


Their exceptional body of work and their commitment earned them the Pritzker Prize in 2012. Amateur Architecture Studio are builders who explore the relationship between changing architecture and lifestyles in China, poetically interpreting traditional Chinese expertise via contemporary architectural language. The name of the firm reflects their interest in vernacular Chinese architecture, which is craftsmanlike, affordable, spontaneous, and often impermanent.

 

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Musée d'histoire de Ningbo, 2009 / AAS, Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, architectes © Iwan Baan

Musée d’histoire de Ningbo, 2009 / AAS, Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, architectes © Iwan Baan

 

In a context of urban and rural change, architecture is all too often characterised by a lack of thought. The firm tackles the issue of the wholesale destruction and reconstruction of Chinese cities and thinks about ways of rebuilding in contemporary conditions that pay careful attention to both tradition and landscape.

 

Wa Shan maison d'hôtes © Iwan Baan

Wa Shan maison d’hôtes © Iwan Baan

Wencun  village © Iwan Baan

Wencun village © Iwan Baan

 

The work of Amateur Architecture Studio focuses on reinterpreting local traditional architecture and involves recycling and re-use. Repurposed materials, traditional crafts and ancestral building methods are all sources of inspiration. Over the last ten years, Amateur Architecture Studio has created a remarkable body of work and a unique style that challenges the role of the architect today, in China and beyond.

 

Xiangshan campus ecole nationale d'art © Iwan Baan

Xiangshan campus ecole nationale d’art © Iwan Baan


 

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