Competition-Winning Students Design and Build Pavilions for Remote Chinese School

For students of architecture, few things are as thrilling as seeing one of their designs physically built. For a group of Polish and Norwegian-based students, this dream has become a reality.

Having won the 120 Hours student competition in 2017, the Warsaw University of Technology team behind the “In ‘n’ Out Village” winning proposal has combined with students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design to realize the design, constructing 19 pavilions in a Chinese schoolyard.

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The 120 Hours competition in 2017 saw participation from over 3000 students, with the winning “In ‘n’ Out Village” design proposing several small, flexible outdoor reading and eating pavilions for an elementary school in a small village in the Guizhou province in China.

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Courtesy of PR 120 Hours

To finalize and construct the project, a new student-led masters course was created at the Oslo School of Architecture, with the sole purpose of developing and building the proposal on site. Throughout the process, students ensured the project was buildable with hand tools, by students with varying construction experience, and using local suppliers from the remote Chinese countryside.

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Courtesy of PR 120 Hours

The students were challenged to overcome linguistic and geographic differences throughout the project, commuting back and forth between Oslo and Warsaw to discuss ideas and construct prototypes, as well as navigating the Chinese bureaucratic system. Finally, in October 2017, the students traveled to China to finalize and construct the project.

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Courtesy of PR 120 Hours

The project now stands completed at the Lian Meng primary School in Pu'an City, Guizhou province, China, with a book about the project to be published in March 2018.

© Hanna Hovland Johanson
© Hanna Hovland Johanson

The full list of students involved in the project is as follows:

Bjørnar Andersen
Jakub Andrzejewski
Torfinn Truchs Erga
Johanne Hoffmann
Hanna Hovland Johanson
Agnieszka Ko3aciñska
Sindre Nordli Skjeggestad
Tarjei Svalastog
Kathrine Vangen
Seweryn Zawada

News via: 120 Hours

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Competition-Winning Students Design and Build Pavilions for Remote Chinese School" 16 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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