According to the firm – which previously designed a school in Beijing that merges with its landscaped gardens – the construction of these “standalone flamboyant but short-lived showroom buildings” results in a major waste of resources.
“One reason is that the land is always privately owned, which leads to uncertainty and often the buildings are demolished.”
The 40-square-metre HEX-SYS modules feature a steel structure supporting roofs shaped like inverted umbrellas. These are either solid aluminium panels or slatted screens that filter sunlight to create shaded outdoor spaces.
“What is interesting about this project is that the modular construction means that when you put it up again in a different site it can form a different configuration,” Hu added. “This gives it a further flexibility for its entire lifespan so theoretically it just goes on and on [being moved and reconfigured].”
Further inspiration came from the prefabricated buildings developed by 20th-century architects including Le Corbusier and Jean Prouve. All of the building’;s components are fixed together without the need for glues or welding to make it easy to disassemble.
Each of the hexagonal cells is mounted around a central pillar that contains a flue for directing rainwater to a tank so it can be reused to irrigate the surrounding landscaping and refill a small pond.
A diagrid structure that rises above the building functions as a beacon that can be illuminated at night and is visible from the nearby train station.
The prototypal pavilion demonstrates one possible application of the HEX-SYS system, but Hu believes it could be used to provide offices, schools, shops, restaurants or any other single-storey structure.
He is currently looking for partners to help develop the system so he can realise his ambition of promoting it like a product that can be ordered online, enabling anyone to combine units to suit their individual needs.
“Most of the buildings in the world are not designed by architects,” Hu pointed out, “so we want to create a building block that means people have access to good buildings without hiring an architect.”
Photography is by Zhang Chao.
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