By bringing together two worlds – the contemporary one and the vernacular, the process of design looks both backwards and forwards, and the role of the architect is questioned. In the context of Hong Kong and Mainland China, the rural way of living is heavily influenced not just by ancestral knowledge of building, but also by cultural tendencies, such as multigenerational households, which leads to contrasting lifestyles brought together.
The question that rose from trying to understand the contemporary postures of rural living was a simple one: what defines a home, and how do we explore the relationship between design and the conditions of living. Therefore, how can one design a house which responds to shaping the qualities and functions of domestic living?
Through this analysis, it becomes natural to notice the beginning of a new design approach for rural households, which combines state-of-the-art techniques with vernacular craftsmanship, in a new functional dynamic, which is neither rural nor urban, neither contemporary nor traditional – but that captures the best of both worlds, signifying a novel approach towards a sustainable living.
John Lin, Lidia Ratoi, Haotian Zhang, Su Chang, Yi Sun, Chiara Oggioni, Tianying Li
Chick Kar Yi Priscilla, Ming Rou Hon, Pak Hei Nam, Hong Sum Ho, Fan Ka Mak Moses, Tse Fergal Yau Wai, Choy Joseph Jan Yip, Chan Chun Ngok Osten, Chau Mei Yan, Cheung Wing See Kyo
BAAS Year 2 Students (2020-21)