The Top 10 contestants are announced!

Release Time 2018年7月2日
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In response to the appeal of “Toilet revolution”, Suichang People’s Government, Young Bird Plan and LeLiving  launched 2018 Suichang “Neo-Toilet” International Design Competition. Upon release, the competition catches eyes from all over the world, while the public voting for Top 31 pushes it to the peak. We can see from the last finalists announcement that global architects show their audacious design style based on maximum respect for local culture. So what makes the Top 10 designs stand out after tense public voting? Please see blow interpretations of Top 10 finalists by the designers.

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The Top 10 toilets of Young Bird Plan Suichang Neo-toilet International Design Competition:

The Top 10 works are listed in registration-number order. 

1.Shade Pavilion

Registration No.:YB7023-G11606

 Youhang, Sun Xinying

Contestant Information: China, Tongji University, Southeast University

Design Interpretation:

We focus on the relationship between architecture and nature, people and space, structure and materials. More importantly, we value architecture itself, which can solve general problems. We participate in this competition because its theme is closely connected with our concerns. We expect to verify the possibility of our design through this competition and we are willing to find more similar problems being solved.

About the site:

The landscape of the Tea Plantation Village impresses me a lot, and I realize verdant mountains and water not only exist on ancient paintings, but also in Chinese villages which deserve to be appreciated, observed and discovered. Suichang County has abundant natural resources, while lack of vitality due to its outflow of villagers. As a result, the government takes actions to rebuild rural architecture and surroundings, which may attract more urban residents and activate the village by taking advantage of rural resources. The competition organized by Young Bird Plan is absolutely a good attempt.

 

2.  TERRA COTTA HUT

Registration No.:YB7023-G11628

Emily Ling, Fan Zhang

Contestant Information: AwAwDe

 

Design Interpretation:

We believe that great architecture emerges from an innate connection to the land and the people. We admire buildings with great forms and exciting details, but miss a sense of belonging when it lacks dialogue with the context. To us, building are like plants. They live, breath, and nurture through their roots into the soil. A building without connections to its context is like a tree without roots.

 

About the site:

Prior to the competition, we had verylimited knowledge about Suichang. One of the most intriguing piece of documentsfor us was the Tea Village Social Cultural Report. Despite its unique heritage,the cultural phenomena described in the report is not an isolated case. Thesocial formation, historic establishment, and cultural transition of the TeaVillage is an extract portrait of what thousands of Chinese countrysidevillages are experiencing.

3.  Leaf in Field

Registration No.:YB7023-G12303

  Luo Jiatao, Wang Yuanzhen

Contestant Information: China, Guangzhou University, Southwest University for Nationalities

 

Design Interpretation:

The design concept of Leaf in Field is refinement required by this competition. We have thoroughly considered how to activate the village and promoted its sustainable development through infrastructure construction, which is not a simply public toilet design. This competition is an exploration of achieving shared growth through collaboration. Villagers are encouraged to rebuild their hometown through this competition, which may further improve infrastructure service so that culture and tourism in village will be updated.

About the site:

Before this competition, we know little about Suichang. We come to have a generally knowledge about its landscape, geography, culture and history during information collection. Suichang is committed to combining Chinese traditional farming methods and modern mode of production and sales, and continues to explore lifestyle in future villages and its aesthetics development. Based on that, we believe Suichang leads the field of rural construction.

4.    Liuyun & Tingquan

Registration No.:YB7023-G13675

Li Junjie, Zou Mingming

Contestant Information: China, Southeast University

 

Design Interpretation:

Suichang County, Zhejiang Province is beautiful village with a history of 1,800 years. The sloping roof conforms to the landscape. Therefore, the design must blend with local environment and demonstrate its culture. In the design of Tingquan, you can see a harmonious picture of local architecture and distant mountains through the combination of single modules, while in the design of Liuyun, resting room facing rivers is designed through a cross between board and stone. Facing rivers and backing on mountains, the architecture and surroundings set each other off beautifully. People may watch the distant mountains and listen to rivers there. What a enjoyable lifestyle!

 

About the site:

We were deeply attracted by its natural environment when we first learnt Suichang. And we have a further understanding of local culture and history during the exploration. There are traditional martial culture and tea plantation culture in village, as well as knightly culture, all of which become the starting points of our design.

 

5.    Zero-carbon Toilet

Registration No.:YB7023-G14549

Luo Junjie, Zhang Yueming

Contestant Information: China, Tianjin University

Design Interpretation:

As the saying goes that things abandoned is things we regarded. Our design concept origins from Taoism. It focuses on the local culture of Suichang, the natural scenery of tea gardens, and the recycling of scenic wastes. It combines local handicraft skills with zero-carbon building technology with public toilets as natural and human. The connecting body realizes the unity between human beings and nature.

About the site:

The Tea Plantation Village is really a beautiful place with verdant mountains and water. As a rare ancient villages group, this village maintains its traditional memory. People can’t help to be overwhelmed by its nature and are willing to live in such a fairyland. What touches me most is that though the village is remote from the world, it strives to explore new development based on the traditional culture preservation.

 

6.   Hanging Pavilion

Registration No.:YB7023-G14561

Li Fei, Xue Xuan

Contestant Information: China, The University of Hong Kong

Design Interpretation:

As a traditional private space, how a toilet can offer an opportunity to create public space or promote interaction through design strategies, and further becomes the moment for rural revitalization? Based on that, our design came into being. We believe the rural public toilet is private space to improve villagers’ living standards, but also public spot for their communication. Public and private, which seems completely contrary co-exist in our design due to the structure.

 

About the site:

Prior to the competition, I learnt the Tea Plantation Village of Suichang due to Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 which aroused hot topic domestically. However, this competition offer an opportunity for us to learn more about this beautiful village. What impress me most are the layered terraces, scenery mountains and original ecological village surrounded by mountains. The nature there touches me a lot, and architecture may break the pace without comprehensive thinking. Therefore, we believe the less the better.

7. Village Space Joint

Registration No.:YB7023-G14665

Xi Hanyu, Zhang Li

Contestant Information: China, Southeast University

 

Design Interpretation:

My design scheme is for the parking lot at the gate of village, the architecture as a sign to enter the village. Meanwhile, the design focuses on the utilization of local materials. The pedestal is made of stones in the mountains, and roof is made of local wood. In terms of topography, the architecture itself becomes a part of landscape in mountains and the roof seems like a pinion flying along mountains. When you are in it, you can overlook the whole landscape under the eaves.

About the site:

I first learnt Suichang when I was a high school student reading The Peony Pavilion. In my memory, Suichang is romantic place with beautiful landscape. The second time I met Suichang was when i saw the bamboo food in A Bite of China, a Chinese documentary TV series on the history of food, eating and cooking. And this time I meet Suichang again through the rural construction competition. I was really surprised by Suichang each time meeting it.

8. The Scenery Underground

Registration No.:YB7023-G16746

 Yang Jianfei, Tang Xuan

Contestant Information: China, Tianjin University, Tongji University

 

Design Interpretation:

My design concept origins from my imagination and understanding of the site. The toilet at the gate of the village is embedded underground and faces cliffs, through which people can overlook the whole village. Also it provides an opportunity for people to enjoy the underground scenery.

About the site:

After we absorbed the information about Suichang, our feelings were mixed. On the one hand, the picturesque village impressed us a lot. On the other hand, we realized that rural areas in China seemed doomed to decline. However, new resources are being introduced into these places, in order to give them a new lease of life. We really hope this competition will be a good beginning.

 

9.REDEFINED LANDSCAPE

Registration No.:YB7023-S1951

 Zhang Hantian

Contestant Information: China,‎Southwest Jiaotong University

 

Design Interpretation:

My design philosophy can be summarized into three points, viz. Simple, Real and Organic, which are also the characteristics of ancient buildings in China. My scheme is a redefinition of the typical countryside and its landscape. And my building is designed to be blended in the local environment where seems like a Chinese landscape painting. What’s more, the basic functions of toilet have been carefully considered. It has enough spaces for users and unique water purification system. European-style houses are overspreading in the rural areas nowadays. My objective is to add Chinese flavors to these places in the long term.

 

About the site:

My knowledge of Suichang started from this competition. This place gives a new impression of Zhejiang for me. I see the same landscape Ma Yuan enjoyed one thousand years ago. Suichang features an aura of Chinese typicality. The mountains and rivers are virginal and pure, which are increasingly precious in the age of overdevelopment.

10.   Concave-convex Restroom

Registration No.:YB7023-S2251

Chen Zhanhui

Contestant Information: China, Founding Partner of MADA s.p.a.m.

 

Design Interpretation:

This project is a modern minimalist design conceived on the basis of curation logic and traditional Chinese culture. “凹凸” are rare Chinese characters that can be understood by the whole world. They are metaphors of male and female, representing three-dimensional yin and yang. The competition has given me a chance to solve design problems with the thinking method of “凹凸”.  

 

About the site:

Although I didn’t know Suichang before, rural countryside in Zhejiang is familiar to me. Most of them have abundant fertile land, and are trailblazers of beautiful village’s practices in the whole country. The harmony of Suichang where is a reflection of typical countryside in China touches me deeply. The harmonious relationships between the nature and buildings, the villagers and the government, the natives and the newcomers…

 

Congratulations to all the contestants!

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The Top 5  finalists are set to be announced soon.

Please stay tuned!