|New Academy of Art, first phase, Ningbo.|
|Ningbo Historic Museum. Facade's cladding.|
One might wonder how he came to the decision to clad the Ningbo Historic Museum with used bricks and tiles of various kinds. In fact, in many villages and towns like Cicheng, some 10km away from Ningbo, you can see how locals used diverse materials to build their walls, out of necessity reasons. Of course the main difference between the two uses is that this heterogeneous pattern has originally a structural function, while Wang Shu employs it as cladding.
|Informal wall in Cichang.|
An example of "translation" might be some openings in the New Academy of Art's second phase development. In one of the teaching building an inner courtyard is separated from the outside by a perforated wall, which openings remind me of some traditional Chinese garden gates, like the ones in Yuyuan in Shanghai.
|New Academy of Art, second phase, Hangzhou.|
|Garden gate in Yuyuan, Shanghai.|