The Xiangshan campus of the China Academy of Art, one of the country’s most renown arts colleges, was completed in two phases in 2004 and 2007. Over 2 million tiles gathered from demolished traditional houses cover the roofs of campus buildings. (Lv Hengzhong / Amateur Architecture Studio)
A look at the interior of one of the buildings. The campus, located in Hangzhou about 100 miles southwest of Shanghai, includes a library, gallery, small stadium, two traditional bridges and art studios. (Lv Hengzhong / Amateur Architecture Studio)
Wang Shu had two inspirations for this 1,399-square-foot structure covered in porcelain tiles: an ancient Chinese inkstone and his friend, Zhou Wu. The home has a flat part and a slopping part, similar to some ancient Chinese inkstones, which were used to store and crush ink. The inkstone that inspired Wang happened to be made of porcelain, which reminded him of the tiles Zhou, an earthenware marker, produced.
The building is located in Jinhua, China, about 200 miles southwest of Shanghai. (Lv Hengzhong / Amateur Architecture Studio)
Nearly half of the Library of Wenzheng College, located in Suzhou about 50 miles west of Shanghai, is underground. For this design, Wang Shu cites a gardening principle that says buildings between mountains and water should not be prominent. (Lu Wenyu / Amateur Architecture Studio)
The library’s main building stands over water. (Lu Wenyu / Amateur Architecture Studio)