Preservation and Regeneration of a “Tulou” in Nanjing County

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm LocationHangzhou City, China
Project locationNan’ou Village, Nanjing County, Fujian Province, China
Lead ArchitectXIAO Jie, WANG Xin, OUYANG Zhixi
Design TeamWANG Longjie, JIA Ting, WANG Zehua
ClientFujian Tulou Tourism Investment Group

In this regeneration project, the design aims to attract passersby to walk into the inner courtyard, pass through the modern exterior, and experience a gradual shifting return to the original spatial form of the Tulou (earthen building). To this end, we repaired the collapsed north wall and added a small floating cube at the northwest corner, which continued off the form language of the heritage while improving its openness, multi-functionality, and natural lighting. We take this single building as a prototype and try to find out the formula for revitalizing the social vitality of the village.