The New York Times Style Magazine recently published a list of the 25 most significant works of Postwar Architecture. The Xiangshan Central Campus of the CAA in Hangzhou, China designed by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, was the only Chinese item to be featured.
On the campus, screens of timber stand alongside Mondrian-like grids of concrete, while irregular windows puncture surfaces of plain white plaster. Exterior walkways with wooden banisters rise and fall like the lines on a graph across the facade of a building crowned with a wavelike roofline. The design has spurred an essential conversation about the fundamental importance of reconciling tradition and transformation in an ancient nation racing into modernity.