Soft Cabin Framework: Renovation of Hmong Dwellings in Guzhou, China
2021 FA Emerging Architect Award, 1st prize

Soft Cabin Framework was the winning proposal of a nationwide competition in 2022, and will be realized in five houses in a traditional Miao village, Guizhou, China.

The proposal questions a common pseudo-nostalgia style in village renovation and tourist development, and suggests a flexible prefabricated system which could better mediate existing condition and accommodate modern equipment, while offering a sleek sci-fi aesthetics parallelling to its rough exotic context.

Since all the existing structure and façade are required to be retained, the intervention is focused on interior. Soft cabin modules in GRC are carefully designed to wrap (as well as inserted into) the existing wood framework, forming a worm-hole-like continuous spatial sequence, while leaving the in-between space for reinforced skeleton and MEP. The transparent surface facing exterior are made by ETFE unit with zip detail, which could be removed in summer and put on in winter to optimize thermal performance. 

Architect:HCCH Studio
Design team: Hao Chen, Chenchen Hu, Ziyan Ge, Yazhou Ding, Yulin Wong, Qi Zheng
Location: Guzhou, China