The results of the d3 Housing Tomorrow 2015 Architecture Competition were announced in New York on April 6th, 2015. The “Nomadism Revolution, New Tank-dwelling of Sea Gypsies” a submission by designers Yang Hongwei, Bi Xiaojian and Yang Danning from Professor Liu Conghong’s Studio at the School of Architecture, Tianjin University (TJU) was awarded the first prize. It is the second time since 2013 that the design group from School of Architecture in Tianjin University was selected as the first prize winner of the competition.
The winning team from Professor’s Liu Conghong Studio was deeply inspired by the poor living conditions of Bajau Laut in Semporna. They were confronted with three threats – marine pollution, shortage of freshwater and racial discrimination. The concept that reusing and developing dumped oil tankers near the community not only shaped a new living space for the seaborne people, but also illustrated a sustainable living mode.
Established in 2010, the annual d3 Housing Tomorrow 2015 Architecture Competition has evolved to become a leading voice in alternative residential architecture and one of the most notable international awards in speculative, performance-based housing designs. The d3 Housing Tomorrow 2015 Architecture Competition called for transformative solutions that advances sustainable thoughts, building performance, and engages social interaction through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, social behaviors, urban implications, and programmatic flows. The competition invited architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urban areas, architecture, interiors, and designed objects. Although the proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastic architectural visions of a sustainable residential lifestyle for the future.
The jury selected three top prize winners and thirteen “special mention” awards of designers from China, Poland, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Cyprus and Iran. The Professor Liu Conghong Studio was selected as the first prize winner, and another group also from the School of Architecture at Tianjin University was given a “special mention” award. Both exclusively represented China as winning teams. Top designs will be exhibited on d3’s website and published in several worldwide media.
View the two winning projects with images and information below.
Nomadism Revolution，New Tank-dwelling of Sea Gypsies
Designers: Yang Hongwei, Bi Xiaojian and Yang Danning
Design Team’s Description: In the sea around Semporna thousands of people of the Bajau Laut (also known as Sea Gypsies or Pala'u) live. They are one of the few nomadic seaborne peoples of the world. They are used to staying on the sea in “lepa-lepa” boats and making a living by fishing. Unfortunately, with increasingly serious marine pollution and the dwindling supplies of fish, the people of Bajau, live separately in sprawling stilt villages over the water on the outskirts of town, and are confronted with two threats - the exhausted natural source for living, and the civilization conflicts against the territorial sovereignty.
The reuse of a dumped oil tanker which dates back to the industrial age rests nearby the islands of Mabul. It will be regarded as a new community which can serve as a shelter for nomadic life, a sustainable energy generator, and a factory for freshwater. It helps the Bajau to keep the characteristics of their nomadic way of life and inherit the civilization of the culture of the “Sea Gypsies”.
Designers: Wen Ya, Zhao Yimeng and Zhong Shan
Design Team’s Description: In Dunhuang, an oasis destroyed by the desert was abandoned by the people who once lived a happy life there. The concept is to set a well-liked community which could participate in the rejuvenation of the oasis with the detailed functions of rain harvest, water recycling and water treatment in extreme climates. At the same time, it could provide more intimate contact with water for the residence, which is unbelievable in normal residential building in the desert. It will provide people with water, farmland and a better living environment.