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Wang Jing Memorial Hall / DnA

00:00 - 28 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 26

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Wangcun, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

  • Client

    Village Committee of Wang Village
  • Area

    406.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Bamboo Theatre / DnA

02:00 - 25 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Dan Han © Dan Han + 13

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Hengkengcun, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architects

  • Client

    Songyang Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hakka Indenture Museum / DnA

00:00 - 23 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 38

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Six Village, Dadongba, Songyang County, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Lighting Design

    Zhang Xin Studio, Architecture Department of Tsinghua University
  • Client

    Songyang Dadongba County Government
  • Area

    2574.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Pine Park Pavilion / DnA

00:00 - 21 May, 2018
Pine Park Pavilion / DnA, © Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 25

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Huangweicun, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

  • Client

    Songyang Department of River Control and Reservoir Management
  • Area

    197.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Pingtian Village Center / DnA

02:00 - 10 May, 2018
Interior. Image © Ziling Wang
Interior. Image © Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 36

Damushan Valley Teahouse / DnA

02:00 - 8 May, 2018
Damushan Valley Teahouse / DnA, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Ziling Wang © Hao Chen © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 28

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songyang Damushan Tea Valley, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

    Tiantian Xu
  • Client

    Songyang Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
  • Lighting Design

    Zhang Xin Studio, Architecture Department of Tsinghua University
  • Area

    478.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Brown Sugar Factory / DnA

00:00 - 27 April, 2018
Brown Sugar Factory / DnA, © Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 34

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Zhangxixiang, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

  • Area

    1230.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Shimen Bridge / DnA

00:00 - 25 April, 2018
Shimen Bridge / DnA, © Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Dan Han © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 12

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

    Tiantian Xu
  • Client

    Songyang Public Road Administration
  • Area

    460.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So

09:30 - 20 April, 2018
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.

Here, undulating lush green terraces hug the sides of Songyin river valley, itself the one serpentine movement uniting the lands. Follow the river and you will see: here, a Brown Sugar Factory; there, a Bamboo Theatre; and on the other side, a stone Hakka Museum built recently but laid by methods so old, even the town masons had to learn these ways for the first time, as if they were modern methods, as if they were revolutionary.

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So, Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

And maybe they are. Songyang County, otherwise known as the “Last Hidden Land in Jiangnan,” may look like a traditional Chinese painting with craggy rock faces, rice fields and tea plantations, but it has also become a model example of rural renaissance. Beijing architect Xu Tiantian, of the firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has spent years surveying the villages of Songyang, talking to local County officials and residents, and coming up with what she calls “architectural acupunctures.”

Brown Sugar Factory. Image © Wang Ziling Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Chen Hao Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Jiang Xiaodong Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Han Dan Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Wang Jing Memorial Hall. Image © Wang Ziling + 70

Bamboo Pavilion / DnA

22:00 - 18 June, 2015
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer © Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer © Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer © Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographer + 28

An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture

09:30 - 16 June, 2015
An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture, Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou
Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou

"In China there’s history but there’s no existing context. All the contexts are made for the future. Most of the designs, most of the buildings are only designed for a planning scenario lasting five or ten years. And in that case, first of all, you need to accommodate functions for the future, for the planned purpose. I’d say even though the current project is in a very rural area, it could soon, let’s say in just one or two years, become a populated area. So that’s a different challenge here when you are designing in China."
- Xu Tian Tian, Beijing 2013

Spontaneous Artist Community

Xu Tian Tian: What condition is Songzhuang in, in general? I haven’t been there for quite a while.

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: Songzhuang is developing very rapidly, everything was under construction, and especially in the areas around your three projects the residential buildings were growing fast… I must say that all the projects you designed [Songzhuang Artists’ Residence, Museum and Cultural Centre] were extremely damaged.

Xu Tian Tian: That’s quite disappointing...

Songzhuang Artist Residence. Image © Iwan Baan Songzhuang Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou + 15

Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA

00:00 - 13 October, 2009
Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA

Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA + 21

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    DnA
  • Project Year

    2006

Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA

00:00 - 4 October, 2009
Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA, © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou + 20

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songzhuang town,Tongzhou distant,Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Building area

    2,000 sqm
  • Client

    Xiaopu village government
  • Program

    Cultural Center
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA

00:00 - 25 September, 2009
Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA

Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA + 19

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Program

    Residence/art studios
  • Client

    Private
  • Design year

    2007-2008
  • Site area

    1,400 sqm
  • Building area

    5,300 sqm

Ordos Art Museum / DnA

00:00 - 17 September, 2009
Ordos Art Museum / DnA

Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA + 16

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    DnA
  • Design Team

    Tiantian Xu,Guillaume Aubry,Yingnan Chen
  • Building area

    270 sqm
  • Design year

    2005-2006
  • Client

    Ordos Jiangyuan Water Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007