People meet the architect. WANG SHU
Wang Shu, one of the most innovative contemporary Chinese architects, shares with us his impressions about his participation to the 12th International Architecture Exhibition (29th August > 21st November 2010).
Which meaning do you give to the Exhibition theme “People meet in architecture”? Can it be detected in your work? In which sense?
W.S.: To me, architecture is never a sculptural form or an untouchable abstract principle. Architecture should be a place for people, that invites to enter and to experience it. Its reason and special quality can't be judged until people enter into it.
I think that people should be able to join the construction of the architectural works.
For instance, the construction process of my work for this Biennale, can be joined even by the unprofessional common people.
Only when you join the construction process, you will sense what is the reasonable principle of architecture, you will sense that special poetry.
Surely, people will be more touched by entering into the place than standing outside.
Can you give us a little preview of the project you’re going to present here in Venice?
W.S.: I can only tell that I've been to the exhibition site. I can imagine that, by taking advantage of the earth gravity, the work will be floating in the dark space as if it was not effected by gravity.
What does the Venice Architecture Biennale represent for you? And for your career?
W.S.: In 2006, my own studio designed and built the first China Pavilion, which I named Tiles Garden. The Architecture Biennale makes people feel that architecture is not only a professional activity, but rather a cultural get-together that crosses the borders of regions and countries. People come to see your works and express their sensation. This gives to the architects warmth and power for this tough career.
Three words that describe your expectations about your participation to the Exhibition.
W.S.: Enter, float, happiness.
12th International Architecture Exhibition – People meet in architecture
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