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In 2005, Wang received the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction in the Asia Pacific, based on his work on two major projects, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum ...
... and the Five Scattered Houses (also in Ningbo, China).
Wang treats buildings and houses as both "critical and experimental," he says. He uses recycled materials and honors traditional craftsmanship and building methods, but firmly roots his work in the present as well.
According to the Pritzker awarding jury, honoring Wang with the most significant architecture award acknowledges "the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals."
Wang designed the Library of Wenzheng College at Suzhou University (seen here) with careful consideration of "traditions of Suzhou gardening which suggests that buildings located between water and mountains should not be prominent," he says.
The Vertical Courtyard Apartments, made up of six 26-story towers, was nominated for the German International High-Rise Award in 2008.
Wang, humbled by the Pritzker Prize, is now forced to look at his greater body of work. He says, "I've done many things over the last decade. It proves that earnest hard work and persistence lead to positive outcomes."
The Pritzker Architecture Prize
2011 Pritzker Winner Praised for 'Uncommon Richness'