Zhang Ke Awarded Alvar Aalto Medal
12 September 2017
 
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Zhang Ke Awarded Alvar Aalto Medal
Zhang Ke was awarded the Alvar Aalto Medal on September 12, 2017. The ceremony took place in the Finlandia Hall, designed by Alvar Aalto. Joining the list that includes Alvar Aalto, James Stirling, Jørn Utzon, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Glenn Murcutt and Steven Holl, Zhang Ke is the medal's 13th recipient. 

Established in 1967, the Alvar Aalto Medal, one of the most internationally significant architecture prizes, is to honour an architect who is exceptionally accomplished in the field of creative architecture and has carried on Aalto’s legacy of sustainable, humane design. The prize bearing Aalto’s name is one of the most important honours bestowed on architects worldwide.

Jury Citation Excerpt: 

…The architect stands to resist against the context of China’s rapid urbanization and to promote individuality in an effort to manifest an alternative point of view, going against the commercial mainstream of the country’s standard practices… His architecture serves a big idea and a big picture that is universal even though each project is very specific to its program and locale. It is because his designs are coherent at every level from materiality, to approach to the program and to understanding of its social aspects. We feel that harmony is present at every level of his work…


2017年9月12日,张轲被授予阿尔瓦•阿尔托奖。授奖典礼在赫尔辛基的芬兰地亚大厦举行。继阿尔瓦•阿尔托、詹姆斯•斯特林、约恩•乌松、安藤忠雄、阿尔瓦罗•西扎及斯蒂文•霍尔之后,张轲成为该奖项第13位获得者。  

阿尔瓦•阿尔托奖设立于1967年,以芬兰建筑大师阿尔瓦•阿尔托名字命名,是国际重要建筑奖项之一。该奖用以表彰在建筑领域具有杰出成就,并秉承可持续及人性化设计理念的建筑师。  

评审团评语(节选):
……逆中国商业化建筑潮流而上,张轲在中国高速城市化现实中,以自己的努力,呈现了另一种建筑观……虽然他的各个项目都因地制宜、各有特点,但所有的作品均传达了一个共有的理念和意象。因为从物质层面到对功能的解读,再到对社会性的理解,他的设计都是连贯的。我们在他作品的每个层面均看到了和谐。……