Shangwei Village Plugin Houses by People's Architecture Office
November 26, 2018 - Shenzhen
The Shangwei Village Plugin Houses project renovates houses that wereleft vacant and in ruins for decades after the village suffered from heavy disinvestment.
This project was in response to half of the homes in Shangwei Village, Shenzhen, China, beingvacant and difficult to renovate because any work would affect adjacent structures.
To circumvent this problem, the Plugin House leaves the original structure untouched while a new structure is built inside the existing house.
The Plugin House uses a modular building system of prefabricated panels, making it possible to affordably upgrade dilapidated properties to modern living.
"The rapid urban expansion of nearby Shenzhen engulfed villages like shangwei, turning them into urban villages, or rural islands surrounded by a sea of new development,"explain the architects.
"Half of the properties in shangwei lay abandoned as villagers fled in search of higher standards of living in neighboring areas."
Images : People’s architecture office / Zhan Changheng