Following the construction of the Miaoxia Community Kitchen in 2015, many visitors have come to the village to explore the possibility of community development work. The village public facilities presently cannot meet the needs of these visitors, therefore the community run (as a social enterprise) Guesthouse will help this. The project renovates an existing house and constructs a new extension that includes 5 bedrooms that accommodates up to 18 people, a hall, an office space, a tea room, a activity space and bathroom amenities in a total of 250m2. The new extension forms an L-shaped courtyard garden which will have orchard trees fertilized by the treated wastewater from the Guesthouse. We use this opportunity to explore low technology sustainable systems and the proposed community septic tank can treat a number of surrounding houses in the future, thereby helping to protect the traditional village patterns of life whilst improving the environment and addressing the need for basic amenities. The participatory design started in April 2017 with completion of the first stage of the Guest house expected by November 2017, construction started in August and the frame was completed on August 7th. The project uses conventional timber frame construction but explores the adaptability of the timber frame system as an innovation that allows for new structures, spaces and relationships. This is shown through the roof structure and spaces formed diagonally, keeping a modest profile to the old courtyard and a more open profile to the public square spaces.
Project Leaders: Peter Hasdell (SD) and Ku Hok Bun (APSS)
Design team: Peter Hasdell, Kuo Jze Yi, Tan Ming, Clarence Ku
Social work team: Xue Bin, Qi Huadong, Liao Yong, Ren Hao
Recording team: Yeung Yim Jack, Hu Juanyi Crystal, Zhou Zihao, Feng Jiayu,
Ecological Design Consultant: Zhang Yuanbin
Master Woodworkers: 陈永君, 尹德福, 李金浩, 罗维, 刘杨秀, 贾学武, 王宗志, 王宗喜
Villager’s main construction team: 陈代珍, 李成秀, 李恒秀, 杨洪宝, 杨洪义, 杨桂芬, 杨树香, 杨世均, 杨绪业, 杨绪洪, 袁万芬, 曾丽红, 周洪文, 胥永苹 (the frame construction involved over 50 villagers)
Volunteers: 任浩, 廖勇, 叶嘉雯, 赵琳琳
Participants in Design Process: 谭茗, 周子豪, 杨炎, 冯嘉瑜, 胡娟怡, 陳應彪, 羅朝明, 沈正全, 楊洪義, 楊洪忠, 楊明禮, 楊紹海, 楊時本, 楊世富, 楊世其, 楊緒方, 楊緒業, 楊緒和, 楊緒銀, 楊緒高, 楊緒財, 楊雲高, 楊雲样, 楊威, 楊正廉, 葉正琼, 徐富有, 徐華光, 張康其, 張其剛, 鄭顯琴, 鄭循義, 周洪文
Collaboration framework: The project is a cross disciplinary collaboration between the School of Design and APSS in Poly U initiated by Dr Ku Hok Bun and Peter Hasdell, and collaborates with the social work department of the Sichuan Agricultural University.
Funding: The project is funded by the Keswick Foundation and the School of Design general research funds.