Wang Shu an Chinese Architect has been announced for the Pritzker prize in architecture for 2012. His winning design is The Ningbo Museum in China, which is developed from the theme of mountains and oceans which have played a pivotal role in the history of Ningbo. The tilt of the second floor imitates the rocky mountainous outcrops around Ningbo, and it can also be seen to imitate the shape of the hull of a boat referring to Ningbo's Maritime history. There are two different ways the outer walls are decorated the first being an old method of stacking many tiles together used before cement was introduced the other being made of cement covered bamboo's.
I do admire Wang Shu's work on the Ningbo museum well thought out with a good use of appropriate architecture.