Tulou is a dwelling type unique to the Hakka people. It is a communal residence between the city and the countryside, integrating living, storage, shopping, spiritual, and public entertainment into one single building entity...
...by introducing a "new tulou" to modern cities and by careful experimentation of form and economy, one can transcend conventional uran design. Our experiments explored ways to stitch the tulou within the exsiting urban fabric of the city - green areas, overpasses, expressways, and residual alnd left over by urbanization. The cost of residual sites is quite low due to incentives by the goverment, and this is an important factor in developing low-income housing. (to find out more..)
passage & images from: http://www.urbanus.com.cn/residential-05044.html
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