The Proposal aims to create a contemporary dwelling that helps promote tourism as well as preserve the culture and lives of locals by suggesting a new subtle typology to the residential building that embraces the collectiveness. However, the effect it has on the alteration of the Hongcun village site (one of the finest examples of Anhui architecture) is that it destroys the authenticity of the village from being recognized as a historical site to something modern like a theme park.
The design conceptualizes the interpretation of traditional Anhui architecture of which dominates in the eastern region of China. By emphasizing the characteristics of traditional architectural elements, the system of service walls is presented as a result from an intention to invert the traditional courtyard to an external collective veranda. The grid of service systems inside the wall also gives the flexibility on occupying space between the walls completely to the locals. As a consequence, the dwellers can define their housing space with traditional ornate wood lattice on a timber structure and topped with clay tiles which are often hidden behind traditional fire walls.
This new dwelling will be scatteringly built amidst the historical residences in the village. Each of the housing is located at the empty plot near the specific location of the program according to the context of the village. The dwelling will create the sub-center of the community that: brings people together by profession; changes the behavior of people altogether; and allows the locals to have a better living and business condition. In effect, the traditional collective space will be made more suitable to the contemporary time. Furthermore, the subtle style also offers a seamless connection between the old and the new typologies, representing the ongoing of this longevous community.