Zhongshan Road, Hangzhou China – Wang Shu

“Usually I would refuse (this type of project) but this client is a very funny person. He graduated in history, writes poems and novels, and has some idea about culture. I wanted to discuss some different way of building a high rise. I wanted to see how the traditional forms of the Chinese home, where several people might live around a courtyard, might be transposed to vertical living. Usually, in a high-rise building people, can’t tell which window is their own. Here you can plant a pine tree and say that the flat with a pine tree is mine.”