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  7. Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad

Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad

  • 20:00 - 3 January, 2017
Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad
Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad, Courtesy of gad
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Courtesy of gad Courtesy of gad Courtesy of gad. ImageBird's view © Li Yao, Chunle Liao + 30

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Text description provided by the architects. The project tackles a current social issue within the urbanization process in China: the increasing urban-rural disparity. Currently the living conditions in large part of rural China are poor, for instance in Dongziguan Village in Fuyang Hangzhou, most of the farmers still live in the aged housings of disrepair. Local Government in Fuyang District of Hangzhou decided to fund an exemplary affordable housing project in Dongziguan Village aiming at improving living condition for relocalized farmers.

Courtesy of gad. ImageBird's view
Courtesy of gad. ImageBird's view

During the design process, architects conducted investigations and meetings to communicate with different families of the relocalized farmers for first-hand information including their living habits. This award-winning project seeks to organize the buildings in the vernacular style of a courtyard typology, a traditional local morphology. The design of the courtyard makes it vary into four prototypes that learnt from the tradition and its diversity. The prototypes could be developed into clusters, which later grow into a larger rural settlement.  

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The plan layout based on the common requirements from the relocalized farmers tries to balance the traditional rural life-style and high-quality modern living condition. The design of the housings is not a carbon-copy of the local historic buildings, but abstracts and refines the features of the traditional local architecture with contemporary understandings, and then incorporates them into the design of the new housings.

© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
Site Plan
Site Plan
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Courtesy of gad

The design intention of gad is dedicated to the preservation of the vernacular morphology of rural settlements that maintain original local living style and more importantly resists the current widely-criticized Chinese residential form consisted of bar-shaped highrises. Also we fights for the best building quality within the very low budget and explores contemporary ways of representing local traditional architectural characteristics. This project opens the dialogue of how the architects can help build and improve the countryside with the support from the government.

© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
© Li Yao, Fanhao Meng, Chunle Liao, Ge Men, Dong Hu
© Li Yao, Fanhao Meng, Chunle Liao, Ge Men, Dong Hu
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
© Li Yao, Chunle Liao
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad" 03 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/802369/contemporary-rural-cluster-dongziguan-affordable-housing-for-relocalized-farmers-in-fuyang-hangzhou-gad/> ISSN 0719-8884
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