Last year in May we were doing a university project in Chengdu.
Traveling so far means you have to do something extremely exciting. Being an architecture student means visiting some exciting buildings!
First challenge was actually not to see the building but to meet architects who we considered as helping on our project. We were working on research on sustainable materials from agricultural waste. So Jiakun was the first choice. We were so happy that they answered to our call and agreed to chat with us in their studio!
The studio were inspiring project are born was the same inspiring.Situated in quite residential area and in one of the residential buildings, small, cosy and friendly atmosphere. We even were introduced to two cats living there!
Jiakun Architects Studio meeting room with exhibition space
So coming back to what we came for: to find out about prospects of sustainable materials usage in China. We were surprised to get to know about they rebirth brick project presented in SZHK and Venice biennale. It is an inspiring idea and architectural proposal for earthquake damaged land. This project began in June of 2008, one month after the earthquake in Sichuan province. Architects has offered and completed an idea to produce new building materials.Bricks made from the aggregated debris from the disaster site, straw fiber and cement, the bricks have been used to build and reconstruct the damaged areas, creating new meanings to the ideas of renewable materials and the regeneration of a community. Bricks made on site, mass-produced , cheap and has high thermal performance.
Below are some sneaky pictures I took of the models for my collection.
Took a taxi and around in an hour we were there! Unfortunately no pictures were allowed inside but truly it was one of the most inspiring, spiritual contemporary places I have ever visited. Building seemed just to grow out of the nature with water pools inside and mysterious light.
..And my little souvenir we got from the Studio