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PREFAB SOLUTION DRIVES QUICK BUILD IN RURAL CHINA

SHANGHAI FIRM ARCHI-UNION ARCHITECTS HAS USED PREFABRICATION TECHNOLOGY COMBINED WITH TRADITIONAL CHINESE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES TO BUILD A PAVILION IN SICHUAN’S DAOMING TOWN

Dubbed ‘In Bamboo,’ the multi-functional rural community cultural centre draws on the town’s bamboo weaving tradition The material palette mainly comprises traditional woven bamboo in the facades, while a Mobius-shaped roof representing infinity is finished with traditional ceramic tiles. A tight deadline for completion meant that the architecture, landscaping, and interior were completed in just over 50 days, aided by the use of a 70% light prefabricated steel frame and other prefabricated timber elements which had been completed previously within a month.

The building is located on two adjacent plots of land of unequal size. The architects worked with two circles, one large, one small, on each parcel and joined them together to form the beginnings of the infinity loop-shaped building.

Built in around 50 days, ‘In Bamboo’ looks set to become a showcase for prefabrication in rural projects across China.
Built in around 50 days, ‘In Bamboo’ looks set to become a showcase for prefabrication in rural projects across China.
Built in around 50 days, ‘In Bamboo’ looks set to become a showcase for prefabrication in rural projects across China.
Built in around 50 days, ‘In Bamboo’ looks set to become a showcase for prefabrication in rural projects across China.

 

The architects reportedly commented:
“These two circles came together determining the large contour for our building while still preserving the surrounding bamboo forest and trees. Within this new boundary we sought to maximise the continuity, horizontality and ductility of the space.” It is understood that the rapid and relatively low-waste project has encouraged Archi-Union Architects to promote prefabrication in rural construction projects throughout China.■


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