Architect Wang Shu talks about his work and philosophy

The Xingshan campus of the China Academy of Art
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Pritzker Prize-winning architect and Wallpaper* Design Awards judge Wang Shu is a bold new voice in contemporary Chinese architecture, offering a creative vision far removed from the starry superstructures that have come to characterise the country's scene.

Wallpaper* and Bentley present this short film on the work and philosophy of the Hangzhou-based architect, who works in close partnership with his wife, the architect Lu Wenyu, as Amateur Architecture Studio. Filmed as part of Bentley Motor's ongoing Mulsanne Visionaries series, the film sees Shu in his studio and on site at the Xingshan campus of the China Academy of Arts.

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).