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architecture/ 2015.11 / ZHEZHANG, CHINA ,

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In China, governmental household registration system, called the hukou system, is divided up into two — rural and urban. The urban hukou entails a substantial social security system, as well as being a crucial factor in influencing the future lives of children. In the recent years, China has seen more inequalities between the two: for instance, the passing mark for the college entrance exam is set higher for students with a rural hukou, limiting their job opportunities. The trouble such system is causing the Chinese people is beyond our imagination since the disparity based on one’s household register doesn’t exist in Japan. It has become normalized to plan their study abroad or jobs ahead of time for an opportunity to get a household register from big cities such as Beijing or Shanghai. And as if to go against the social trend of moving to city centers, our client acquired a rural hukou and requested to build a house in the suburbs. Since the client informed us about the risks that followed in being considered rich in rural communities, the broad structure (such as a veranda or a wooden corridor where one can prepare for a day’s work on a farm or sun-dry harvested vegetables or fruits) of the house was made to resemble the surrounding houses. We challenged to create a design having a unique balance for a house in the countryside, picking up from the elements found in other houses, derived from the experience of everyday rural life, and implementing an added open-feel to the house by using pure iron pillars with thin dimensions of 50mm x 100mm. Three years from starting construction, completion is finally on the horizon.
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