Audi Urban Future Award - the architects: STANDARDARCHITECTURE, Beijing
The young practice Standardarchitecture has, in a brief period of time, established a reputation as Chinese avant-garde. The experimental and at times provocative designs of the Beijing architects often employ simple materials such as bamboo and brick. These materials extend into the cityscape like urban landscapes or mediate between nature and architecture, thereby always taking cultural and historical aspects into consideration. Before Zhang Ke set up his practice in Beijing in 2001, he studied at the Tsinghua University and at Harvard Graduate School. Today, Standardarchitecture has four partners altogether. In 2006, the architects were recognized with the first prize of the China Architecture Award.