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Ceramic House, 2006, Jinhua, China
Ceramic House, Jinhua, China, by 2012 Pritzker winner Wang Shu

Ceramic House, 2003-2006, Jinhua, China, by 2012 Pritzker winner Wang Shu

Photo © Lv Hengzhong / Amateur Architecture Studio courtesy pritzkerprize.com

About the Ceramic House

Wang Shu was inspired by the functioning of the two-sided ink stone from ancient China—the plain side stores the ink and the sloping side drips the ink. "I asked myself what I would see standing on the surface of the ink stone and what from the bottom," says Shu.

At about 1400 square feet (130 square meters), Shu's cafe-house is described as a container shaped like an ink stone. One side is designed to take advantage of the river and rains of Jinhua, while the other side is "anchored on the earth bank."

Citation from the Pritzker Prize Jury

"Wang Shu knows how to embrace the challenges of construction and employ them to his advantage. His approach to building is both critical and experimental. Using recycled materials, he is able to send several messages on the careful use of resources and respect for tradition and context as well as give a frank appraisal of technology and the quality of construction today, particularly in China."

Sources: From paragraph 3 of the Pritzker Prize Jury Citation; Ceramic House, on Chinese-Architects.com [accessed February 5, 2013].

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