China project 4: Traditional “apartments” of China’s Hakka minority

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Designer: Rural Chinese Hakka minority, Yongding county, Fujian province.

Purpose: “..the Hakka began building massive structures that could not only stave off intruders, but would also form amazing self-sustaining micro-communities complete with food storage, space for livestock, living quarters, temples, armories and more.”  (

Why I like it: Originally designed primarily as fortresses, is now considered a model for self sustainable communal urban design. In 2008, UNESCO granted the Tulou “apartments” World Heritage Status, citing the buildings as exceptional examples of a unique and functional building tradition.


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