- Project Management : Nicolas Shu Yan Yeung, Peter Kai Kwong Lee, Dajiang Guo, Thomas Shiu Tong Ng, Cheuk Pong Wong, Chun Kuen Wong, Ivan Wai Cho Lau
- Project Team Of Project Mingde : Ka Chun Sin, Hok Man Lee, Ka Shing Hung, King Wui Ho, Pay Yue Wong, Chung Nok Pung
- Site Supervisor : Shing Chan
- Coordinators From Dabao Village : Zhongfu Li, Youming Li, Zhengqin Li, Zhengkun Li, Zhengyuan Li, Qing Li
- Donation : PAN Foundation
- Sponsor : Lee Hysan Foundation
- Coordination Unit : Kelu Meng, Love Seedling Community Service Centre
- Design Team : Michael Luk, Daniel Wang
- City : Baise Shi
- Country : China
Text description provided by the architects. Dabao village is remotely situated within the mountain range of Guangxi province in China. The settlement provides home to around 110 families of an ethnic minority group called the ‘Yaos’. The group has its own distinctive dialect and culture. Yao people are often identified by their unique colourful traditional costumes.
The Dabao project aims at providing the Yaos with a new primary school and a cultural centre. Dabao villagers were invited to actively participate in the initial planning of the project, and involved in construction until project completion.
The school building is situated within the paddy fields on the mountains of Dabao. The project is designed to merge the building harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Maintaining a balance between the building and the surrounding environment is a prime consideration for the architectural design of this project.
The design concept is structured around the use of layers of walls in addressing the challenges originated from the steep topography of the site. A long bamboo façade along the southern site boundary not only acts as a protective barrier from the road outside, it also regulates the transmission of noise and daylight whilst ensuring privacy of occupants at the same time. The intelligent use of different diameters and lengths of bamboo tubes responds adequately to the different light requirements of the rooms for their respective functions.
The main level of the building includes two classrooms, each for 30 students, a library, a staff room, a kitchen, and a storage space. An outdoor playground area with a basketball court is located on the second level whereas the roof of the building is accessible for the children to play and for villagers to rest and enjoy the spectacular panoramic landscape. Besides functioning as a primary school, the center also serves as a cultural space for events, festivals and various celebrations of the Yaos.