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Sunday, September 23, 2018
29/06/2018

DnA Design and Architecture, Hakka Indenture Museum in Shicang (China)

 
The Beijing firm DnA Design and Architecture, headed by Xu Tiantian, has built this museum of stone in Shicang, a town in the Chinese province of Zhejiang where the Hakka community has lived for 150 years. This ethinic group has since the 3rd century suffered five major migratory episodes, earning the moniker ‘guests’ or ‘guest families.’ It is to commemorate the history of the Hakkas and the legend that gives the town its name (Shicang means stone storage) that this complex built with thick walls of roughly cut stones rises, following the terrain’s natural slope. Open to all, the premise consisting of three exhibition galleries and a public square accommodates a collection of pieces of Hakka culture. The visit is accompanied by an irrigation channel that pours in water through a long fissure, while natural light enters through this same crack, creating plays of colors and reflections. The museum’s support program is distributed in adjacent buildings, in a strategy of preservation.
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