Prémio Pritzker 2012 para Wang Shu



"I design a house instead of a building. The house is the amateur architecture approach to the infinitely spontaneous order. Built spontaneously, illegally and temporarily, amateur architecture is equal to professional architecture. But amateur architecture is just not significant. One problem of professional architecture is, that it thinks too much of a building. A house, which is close to our simple and trivial life, is more fundamental than architecture. Before becoming an architect, I was only a literati. Architecture is part time work to me. For one place, humanity is more important than architecture while simple handicraft is more important than technology. The attitude of amateur architecture, - though first of all being an attitude towards a critical experimental building process -, can have more entire and fundamental meaning than professional architecture. For me, any building activity without comprehensive thoughtfulness will be insignificant." Daqui.

É assim que Wang Shu, arquitecto, nomeia a prática que realiza no Amateur Architecture Studio. Nos dois exemplos referidos nas fotografias, primeiro, o edifício da Nova Academia de Arte em Hangzhou (China), depois, o Museu de História de Ningbo (China), isso é evidente. No recurso a uma memória quase infinita, combinada com a necessária técnica que a construção, a concretização de um programa, e a escolha de certos materiais, capazes de demonstrar esse recurso, exigem.
Fotos: © Lu Wenyu via Inhabitat