Chinese architect Zhang Ke wins 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/13 18:18:40

Chinese architect Zhang Ke has been awarded the 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal, one of the most internationally recognized architecture prizes, Finland's Alvar Aalto Foundation announced Tuesday.

The medal was issued jointly by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Architectural Society, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA and the City of Helsinki.

The foundation said, "Zhang Ke prefers to use local building materials and techniques, while he favors recycling over demolishing."

The jury praised Zhang's work, as he uses historic references to serve the preservation of traditions.

"By combining landscape elements in his work, Zhang Ke is able to subtly fit his architecture into the surrounding terrain, creating harmonious relationships between landscape and architecture," said the foundation.

Zhang told the Xinhua News Agency that he was very proud to be the first Chinese to win the prize as the award is given to only one person each time and issued only once every a few years.

The Alvar Aalto Medal has been awarded intermittently since is was first established in 1967.

Zhang said that he hoped the award would encourage Chinese architects.

"China is witnessing a cultural revival, and what is needed the most right now is respect for history and the urban environment," he said.

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