Fanbo Zeng Nan Jiang Jianhua Lei Xianhui Bu
"Saudade means nostalgia, I was told, but also miss never." - John Freeman
Our design distills the spatial form of vernacular architecture and insert them into modern high-density buildings, giving people a place to trace back and to communicate their shared memories and culture.
"Vernacular Architecture" grows in a specific cultural environment, as it carries the genes, the spirits and the wisdom of the land. However, if vernacular architecture wants to be "positively" passed down to future generations, it must adapt to the needs of modern life and to create new connotations. The ecology of the vernacular architecture needs not only the protection, but also the creation. And the creation is not solely the extension of the language and the form but also the spiritual bonding.
Our design is trying to express the continuation and innovation of the two aspects of vernacular architecture: First, the spatial form. We believe that every kind of vernacular architecture has its own unique spatial form, so the inheritance of it can bring to people the memories and the imagination of the original buildings.
Second, the structure. The structural integration with the modern architecture is a way to create new possibilities for vernacular architecture , thus to realize the evolution and transformation of vernacular architecture itself.
In our design, we have chosen several kinds of spatial form of vernacular architecture as shared units, and put them into high-density cities. Based on their own characteristics, these units continue to develop new functions. The space functions inside may differ from the original building, but the adaptability to climate, the sustainability, the locality of material, and the cultural spirit are all inherited. The exterior structure continues the original form of the roofs and walls of the vernacular architecture to support the new modern functional spaces, which goes out of the "box" and gives "breath spaces" to the future cities.