PAO's prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in china PAO's prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in china
nov 29, 2016

PAO's prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in china

 

people’s architecture office has designed a temporary, prefabricated structure that addresses the future of residential living in china. installed at the shenzhen headquarters of real estate developer vanke, the ‘plugin tower’ addresses the insecurity of private home ownership in a country where land is held exclusively by the government, and the construction of private homes is reserved for the wealthy.


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all images courtesy of people’s architecture office

 

 

commissioned by vanke, people’s architecture office has designed the structure to stand without the need for foundations, circumventing the strict planning approval required for permanent buildings. the flexible and adaptable design also excludes the risk of losing one’s property, as residents can pack up their home and bring it with them if they are forced to relocate.

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the prefabricated structure addresses the future of residential living in china

 

 

infinitely expandable, the prefabricated system comprises a steel space frame, a kit of parts that can be assembled in endless variations. empty bays within the frame are plugged with living units, altered and unplugged when necessary. various modules that incorporate insulation, wiring, plumbing, and interior and exterior finishes are combined within a single molded part. theses panels are attached with integrated locks, easily installed with just an allen key.

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the scheme has been installed at the shenzhen headquarters of real estate developer vanke

people's architecture office
the ‘plugin tower’ addresses the insecurity of private home ownership

people's architecture office
the structure stands without the need for foundations

people's architecture office
residents can pack up their home and bring it with them if they are forced to relocate

people's architecture office
the prefabricated system comprises a kit of parts that can be assembled in endless variations

people's architecture office
empty bays within the frame are plugged with living units, altered and unplugged when necessary

people's architecture office
panels are attached with integrated locks, easily installed with just an allen key

people's architecture office
each panel includes insulation, wiring, plumbing, and interior and exterior finishes

 

 

timelapse video documenting the project’s construction

 

 

project info:

 

client: china vanke co., ltd. & LDG narrative design
location: shenzhen, china
completed: september 2016
principals: he zhe, james shen, zang feng
project team: zhang minghui, lin mingkai, amy song, zhang zhen
photography: people’s architecture office, hannah wu

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