Since the project received the Holcim Awards Gold 2005 for Asia Pacific, locals have started to undertake the detailed conservation and rehabilitation work for the single buildings and courtyards one-by-one. The images show an example from the cultural fabric of the settlement – Shenjian Tang, a famous courtyard in the settlement. Due to the exacting nature of the conservation work, progress is gradual. The heritage buildings are restored with integrity including detail such as wooden beams and brackets.
This urban conservation and regeneration project is working with the historic fabric of an existing neighborhood. Rather than demolishing the old substance, thus complying with so-called tabula rasa urbanism, the project combines preservation, remodeling, and new construction to meet contemporary lifestyle demands. Part of the undertaking also involves the introduction of public functions to existing landmark buildings. The proposal demonstrates how old and new can coexist, countering the modern dictum to erase the past.See more
Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects including Design for a Clan Settlement's Regeneration, Hangzhou, China, will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global »
The first prize of USD 100,000 went to a design project for the regeneration of a clan settlement at Hangzhou, China, by architect Professor Chang Qing of Shanghai. The project was selected by a panel of internationally renowned representatives from science, business and society from almost 300 entries submitted from the Asia Pacific region.
Member of the Holcim Awards jury for Asia Pacific and Professor, TVB School of Habitat Studies, Ashok B. Lall (India), said that the entry showed an innovative response to the issue of ageing cities in China. “The scheme successfully demonstrates how new urban spaces can be integrated within the texture of traditional neighborhoods,” he said. The project was also praised for its ethically sensitive engagement with local residents, and ecological approach.Read more »
The innovation of the project is its critical, yet responsive position relative to the issue of aging cities in China. The scheme successfully demonstrates how new urban spaces can be integrated within the texture of traditional neighborhoods without wholesale demolition or replacement, thus raising awareness of the importance of sustainability.
Also convincing is the ethically sensitive engagement with local residents in order to gain insight into the reality of extended families. With acute attention given to cultural as well as contextual factors, the project provides heightened standards of social and physical space. Ecologically, the project offers important lessons in energy conservation by suggesting an adaptive revitalization of existing conditions, the use of local materials, and cost-effective detailing.
By proposing to reduce the consumption of material resources and pursue the regenerative capacities of design, the project provides sound evidence of how to achieve an economic balance. Additionally, the scheme has extended relevance in showing how heritage can be conceived as an aesthetic asset in the development of a contemporary expression for urban environments.See more
How does one merge the old with the new? This entry brings us to the city of Hangzhou in China. It is an urban conservation and regeneration project working with the historic fabric of an existing neighborhood. Rather than demolishing the old substance, thus complying with so-called tabula rasa urbanism, the project combines preservation, remodeling, and new construction to meet contemporary lifestyle demands. Part of the undertaking also involves the introduction of public functions to existing landmark buildings.
The proposal demonstrates how old and new can coexist, countering the modern dictum to erase the past. The project also addresses the importance of integrating extended families within a design that is sensitive to their diverse needs. The technique of layering is skillfully applied to form a complex texture of traditional and contemporary spaces. An understanding of the city evolving over time is central to the scheme.Download project entry poster (PDF, 10.46 MB) »See more
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