In southwestern China, there is a unique type of dwelling which uses wood as roof tiles, called the “Waban House”. These wooden shingles are split along the radial grain of the wood. Not only is the wood grain straight and beautiful, these shingles can also effectively protect from rainwater.
Inspired by the Primitive Hut as defined by Gottfried Semper, Neri&Hu designed six units of roof structure, which act as a metaphor for "home." When the units gather or scatter to create a sense of place, an abstract "village" is formed.
The minimal and flexible steel structure is vertically fixed under the wooden shingles, which not only showcases an additional contemporary architectural language, but also releases space below and provides free circulation for visitors.
The installation is a micro-architecture but also a macro-object, that explores the interplay of materiality, craftmanship, tectonic and architecture. It will be on show during the Festival of Design, 2023 from November 10 to December 10.
Acknowledgement｜Fan&Qiu Lacquerware Research Institude Dana Huang