Zhu Pei is one of the leading architects in China providing substantial solutions to urgent challenges of ongoing urbanization within the country. With his architectural accomplishments, Zhu Pei is at the vanguard of contemporary architecture in China. An exhibition by the Zumtobel partner AEDES presents five large cultural buildings by the architect. On the occasion of the opening of the exhibitions "Mind Landscapes" at the ANCB Architecture Forum in Berlin, AEDES invites to the exhibition talk with the architect.
The rapid rate of urban growth, as well as the commercial pressures of mass consumer society, require well-considered concepts that also satisfy the need for authentic architectural expression. In the cacophony of urban collages and architectural super signs against the backdrop of the real megacity, Zhu Pei has set off in search of his own roots within traditional aesthetic concepts, successfully adapting them for implementation in his work. By drawing on traditional concepts of space and the built structure, he has been able to devise solutions that are specific to the location and region, while demonstrating great skill in terms of form, aesthetics, and materiality. Informed by an understanding of the global architectural discourse, he follows his own path to give each of his buildings a specific character within a contemporary architectural form.
This exhibition presents five large cultural buildings by the architect, which are currently being built: the Yang Liping Performing Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Dali, the Shijingshan Cultural Center in Beijing, the Shou County Culture and Art Center in Anhui province, and the Museum of Imperial Kiln in Jingdezhen. The buildings stand out as individual, creative solutions that have been developed with remarkable sensitivity to the urban and cultural context. Zhu Pei responds to the conditions at hand, articulating his surroundings in a modern architectural language or integrating the new buildings into the given context. The numerous models, plans, and films on display illustrate the specific relationships between the projects and their surrounding environment.
About Zhu Pei:
Zhu Pei studied architecture in the 90s, receiving a master's degree from the renowned Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as the University of California in Berkeley. Since then his work received many awards: He won the Honor Award from the AIA in 2015, was named one of "the 5 greatest architects under 50" by the Huffington Post in 2011, was awarded the DFA Grand Award and Special Award for Culture, Hong Kong, in 2008, the Architectural Record awarded him in 2007 the Design Vanguard Award and in 2005 the China Award, the Beijing-based magazine World Architecture awarded him the WA Award in 2004 and UIA and UNESCO awarded him the Special Merit Award in 1989. Today he also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York and at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Speakers at the opening:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin
Ping Chen, Cultural Councilor of the Chinese Embassy in Germany
Dr. Eduard Kögel, Curator, ANCB, Berlin
Zhu Pei, Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing
Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition: 1 April – 18 May 2017
Opening: Friday, 31 March 2017, 6:30 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 6:30 pm, Sunday – Monday 1 – 5 pm