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For Building Asia Brick by Brick Photo by Urbanus Architecture and Design
Tulou City, LEGO has always been a distilled world for our architecture and urban fantasies: it can be the mysterious and tranquil ancient walled city; it can also be the staggering and exhilarating modern metropolis. LEGO blurred the lines between art and architecture, game and profession, dream and reality.
"Tulou" (means dirt building) is a traditional prototype for collective dwelling located throughout Fujian and Guangdong province in southeast China. Usually taking the pure square or circular form, "Tulou" suggests a well defined, hierarchical living microcosm.
A strong circular form constructed with several concentric pixilated layers of LEGO formulates a luminous void, which is superimposed upon a base of hyper urban blocks. Here when "Tulou" confronts with the chaotic urban landscapes of today's Asian cities, can it stir up both spatial and social interaction in contemporary city?
ABOUT URABNUS ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
URBANUS Architecture and Design, Inc. Under the leadership of partners Xiaodu Liu, Yan Meng and Hui Wang, Urbanus is a think tank providing strategies for urbanism and architecture in the new millennium. Urbanus' works have been widely exhibited in prestigious domestic and international shows, including the 26th San Paulo Biennial 2005, the 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2005, the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial 2005, the "China Contemporary" exhibition 2006 by NAI in Rotterdam and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2007. Founded in 1999, Urbanus is featured as one of the ten global "Vanguard Architectural Firm" by Architectural Record in 2005. It has been recognized as one of the leading forces among China's young design firms.