Design of New School in Colombia Takes After Traditional Housing in China, the Tulous in Fujian Province
What a total surprise today, to see an architectural structure that I really like and want to build (a Hakka tolou) duplicated somewhere in Columbia, but not using adobe.
Tulou clan residences of the Hakka people of Fujian province
My blog post on my visit to Fujian in 2007 partly documents my first encounter with these amazing buildings. A tourist guide written in Chinese (cover above) further kindled my interest.
Below, I repeat a section from that earlier bloggit, a poem about the whole experience of visiting and learning about these immense adobe abodes.
Tulou can be circular (most common) or oval, arcic (my word for a circle or oval with arc missing), square, or rectangular. Here are 2 images from the aforementioned book that will lead us into the Colombia tulou-like school.
An ussay on the tulou awaits those who appreciate details. Thebe is also an excellent video at world heritage site.com
Mirror structure in Quimbaya, Colombia?
The surprising "mirror image" structure that bears an uncanny resemblance to a tulou is the Instituto Quimbaya in Quimbaya, Colombia. Isn't there a close similarity?
I wonder if the architect/designer knew about the tulou style.
It's a bit like an embrionic (pico-fledgling) arcology, especially if its open side faces the winter sun.
I would like to correspond with the new Quimbaya Institute (shown below) regarding the construction, cost, and rationale for their structure. I'd lould love to see the plans, buy a set, and go about duplicating it, modifyiing it, in one or more locations pan-globally. A language school? A local learning resource center? Rally to the roundhouse!
If any reader knows more about this, please tweet/msg me @stedawa on twitter or G+.
My gratitude to s70.beta.photobucket.com/user/montenegrinos (Hoover Castano) for sharing the above photo with distribution options.
Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto is semi-circular and multi-storey, but does not contain a smaller, annular structure. It is has a large building on one side which blocks afternoon and probably winter sun.
McCavana Timber Frame Home's Trinity Mews, a complete development of 48 homes comprising of detached houses, townhouses and apartments in a curving structure.
Urbanus Architects' not quite solar "e" tulou (see also www.urbanus.com.cn)
Moving towards solar oriented cities