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Hi Ladders High / One Take Architects

  • 19:00 - 24 December, 2018
  • Curated by 韩爽 - HAN Shuang
Hi Ladders High / One Take Architects
Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi + 65

  • Little Architects

    Zibo Yan, Zehua Peng, Yao Zhou, Lanqing Wang, Zhihao Zhou, Yifei Zhou, Nanqing Zhang, Tingting Yang, Sihao Xiao, Lei Zhou, Ziying Hu, Mingshuo Wang, Anqi Luo, Tianyu Li, Zihao Wang, Dun Wu, Kexin Zhang, Ling Wang, Gan Zhang, Di Yang
  • Volunteers

    Jiaxin Lv, Zihan Tang, Yufei Shi, Qijun Guo, Gaojie Chen
  • Cooperation

    Sunners
  • More Specs Less Specs
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Text description provided by the architects. Hi Ladders High is a non-profit project launched in the summer of 2018. In the Summer Camp of Tanghe Primary School in Luotian County, Hubei Province, One Take Architects and Sunners, together with college volunteers and left-behind children designed and built this spatial installation.

Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Hi Ladders High consists of 20 independent wooden ladders. This kind of ladder is one of the most common and easily accessible tools in China’s rural areas. Since each ladder has a completely independent and relatively stable structure with a highly adjustable angle of inclination, these 20 ladders present plenty of possibilities of spatial combination. Even children without professional architectural training could be involved in the whole process of designing and building, which is what we call “an indeterminate participatory open ended situation”.

Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Reyner Banham proposed the concept of “an indeterminate participatory open ended situation” in which you could create space suited to what you are going to do next.

Perspective Drawing
Perspective Drawing
Chinese Ladders in Chinese Countries. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Chinese Ladders in Chinese Countries. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

As a relatively stable open-ended structure, Hi Ladders High provides a place of variable spatial forms. Without preset functions, it could trigger or respond to events happening inside. It changes in indeterminate ways over time, continually manifesting new properties.

Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Hi Ladders High: Three -Act Space Drama

Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Act One: Bird and Fish. It is designed by the architect team but got this name from the children’s understanding of its shape.

Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Community Activity Smiles in Qinglong Hutong. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Act Two: Qi Jun. Created by five students: Xiao Sihao, Li Tianyu, Peng Zehua, Hu Ziying, and Luo Anqi. This group of students noticed that a student in the construction camp had body odor. They proposed the idea of double paths so that people who feel uncomfortable with the odor could leave the space at any time but could still peep inside. This work is named after the volunteer tutor of this group: Qi Jun.

Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Qijun. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Act Three: Little Bug House. Created by five students: Zhou Lei, Zhou Yu, Luo Kai, Wang Ling and Wu Dun. With the shape of a bug in their mind, this group of students built the body, tentacles and limbs. They define it as a quiet space for the elderly and the weak to read and rest in.

Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Redefining Common Materials
In their journal, the children call themselves “Construction Explorers”. They write “We complete a construction that takes real architects five years to build in only one day.” They also keenly noticed an interesting thing about the spatial installation – “painting a beautiful picture with things so common in our life”.

Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

This is what the theorist William C Seitz described: "Installation art is mainly installed, not sketched, painted or carved. All or parts of the components are natural objects or debris instead of art materials."

Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

Architecture as a medium to perceive the real world
Our aim is not to cultivate future architects, but to use architecture as a medium to perceive the real world, to guide and help children grow, and to let children return to the real world through physical participation, thus bringing their interests back to the real world.

Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi
Exhibition. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

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Cite: "Hi Ladders High / One Take Architects" 24 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/907865/hi-ladders-high-one-take-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Hi Ladders High Bird Fish. Image © Wei Kang, Kexin Li, Xinyuan Cai, Yufei Shi

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