Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Molewa-Mount Lu World Architecture International design competition in Ruichang, China by AtelierBlur/Georges Hung Architecte D.P.L.G. & Partners
July 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AtelierBlur/Georges Hung Architecte D.P.L.G. & Partners
Competition winning scheme for Plot 15 of the MOLEWA residential design competition in Ruichang, Jianxi Provence of China.
Residential design in China faces multitudes of restrictive design issues: One, facing heavy regulations imposed by local planning bureaus residential design often results in very strict interpretations of massing and building separations. Second, a developer-led and market driven standard of apartment layout creates a homogeneous and monotonous building typology that litters the urban landscape offering very little choice to potential buyer / inhabitants. Thirdly, out-of-date local customs remains a design barrier that is difficult to overcome by users accustomed to certain arrangements of functional layout that is a reflection of the developer-led model, fueling the perpetual circle of the same type of residential layouts.
Plot 15 within this master plan is zoned principally as a plot to cater to larger family oriented residential units ranging from 3 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms. Other residential amenities would include clubhouse facilities to enhance lifestyle experiences by providing residences with health and beauty activities set amidst a relaxing and integrated private landscape residential park. Our design objective is to start with a clean slate. We make no assumptions as to what the residential units should be. We look to bring a fresh approach and an unprecedented design vision to what it means to live within this beautiful environment by focusing the residential design to connect with the landscape, literally and figuratively, bringing the landscape into the units and organizing the functional layouts around the landscape. Our vision is to enable every single unit, every single family within this residential plot a piece of their very own Flower Ocean park at the very heart of their apartment unit.
Contemporary family structure in China is still very much rooted in deep traditional family structure. Though this structure is evolving around the mobility and geography of work, the ideal family structure is still a multi-generational one based on grandparents-parents and child (ren).
Often this traditional family structure finds itself within the confines of a conventional living unit where co-habitation is an intruding and unresponsive necessity. Furthermore, access to private outdoor area directly from within unit is unheard of due to organizational layout and restrictive area allocation. Our vision lies in the following design principles listed below that redefines living to respect the generational differences and creating a healthy and well-being lifestyle living for all as the foremost design driver: