China Academy of Art, Xiangshan Central Campus

Description

China Academy of Art: Xiangshan Central Campus is one of the most beautiful art school in China. The Xiangshan Campus (located in the outskirts of Hangzhou) is comprised of four schools (School of Design, School of Architecture, Public Art Institute, Media and Animation Institute) spread across 21 buildings. Contrary to the norm of siting new campus buildings within university towns built by the state, the Academy decided to locate this new campus on the eastern edge of the southern ridges of Hangzhou. This was done despite the fact that the existing infrastructure of this location may not be adequate, reinforcing the Chinese belief and tradition that the environment is more important than the building itself. Designed by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, the buildings and landscaping are a skillful yet varied composition that reflects the architect's respect of site and tradition.

The design of the Xiangshan campus can be likened to a poem; a literati dialogue with mountain and water (shanshui) where the architecture sometimes assumes the characteristics of the landscape itself. Phase I and Phase II can be compared to the different styles of Chinese calligraphy. Phase I is more akin to Kai Shu (or regular script), with its ordered geometric form and courtyards, whereas Phase II is like Cao Shu (or cursive hand, where characters were executed swiftly and with strokes flowing together), where each element has its own distinct form and expression; and yet when reading together they form an integral and coherent whole which mimics the landscape of the mountain on the horizon. Here, the landscape acts as the blank canvas on which the calligraphic strokes have executed the canvas providing necessary clues as to where the strokes should be inked, and where it should be left empty.

Location

Zhejiang Town, Xihu (West Lake) District
Huzhou Shi Zhejiang Sheng
China

30.156853659688, 120.08086681366

China Academy of Art, Xiangshan Central Campus

Zhejiang Town, Xihu (West Lake) District
Huzhou Shi
Zhejiang Sheng,
China

Resource Types
Art Media