World Building of the Year 2017



The jury of the 10th World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany, selected a humanitarian project as the World Building of the Year 2017.


The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Kunming University of Science and Technology teams designed this prototype house in China’s Guangming village that was largely destroyed during the 2014 Ludian earthquake.


The construction is an earthquake-resistant, energy-efficient building designed with local building materials including the traditional rammed earth, clay, sand, and grass.


Local residents helped built this quaint little house for an elderly couple. This type of architecture respects traditional and local architecture while at the same time projects comfort and allows for lots of natural lights within.

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