Chinese architect Wang Shu named Pritzker prizewinner

Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Phase II, 2004-2007, Hangzhou, China
Image caption The roof of this complex at the China Academy of Art was covered with two million tiles salvaged from demolished houses

Chinese architect Wang Shu has won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first Chinese citizen to receive the prize.

Mr Wang is recognised for museums, libraries and other structures of his design across China.

His work was commended for being aesthetically striking and environmentally sustainable, at a time of fast-paced urbanisation in China.

He will be awarded $100,000 (£63,000) at a ceremony in Beijing in May.

Past winners include Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano and Eduardo Souto de Moura.


Image caption Mr Wang's work was said to represent a standard of excellence "critical" to China's future

The selection represented a "significant step in acknowledging the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals," said Thomas J Pritzer, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize.

"China's unprecedented opportunities for urban planning and design will want to be in harmony with both its long and unique traditions of the past and with its future needs for sustainable development,'' added Mr Pritzker.

"The selection of Wang Shu reflects the jury's view that his work represents that standard of excellence which will be so critical to China's future.''

Mr Wang's work included the Library of Wenzheng College at Suzhou University, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, the Ningbo History Museum, and the Vertical Courtyard Apartments in Hangzhou.

To cover the roof of the Xingshan Campus of the China Academy of Art, Mr Wang used more than two million tiles he had salvaged from demolished traditional houses.

Mr Wang is head of the architecture department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and runs his Amateur Architecture Studio firm with his wife, Lu Wenyu.

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