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When I went to the Shanghai Expo in 2010, Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion was a standout. From far the building looked like a modernist cube. While moving closer, one realized Wang Shu used traditional vernacular building technique (like tiling, brick laying and use of bamboo) to tell a different story. The form was western yet the planning and materials used were typically Chinese. It had a courtyard in the middle where a rice field was inserted. A giant fish tank was used as a threshold. The building used passive cooling method to bring the wind in via the giant holes on the wall, which significantly reduced the indoor temperature. It was the one of the few pavilions that did not have an air-conditional unit.
I hope Wang Shu’s win will herald a new chapter in Chinese architecture.