Client: Government of Fuhai
The Kazakh people of the Xingjian region are a nomadic people, some of whom are deciding to settle in villages. J+B worked closely with the local community to develop an appropriate scheme for these people, in this region. The design is inspired by an analysis of their lifestyle and the traditions of these proud people and their close relationship with their animals and the land.
The village layout has an organic natural planning, allowing separate routes into and out of the village for people and animals, plus a central park and a light touch on the land. The homes are clearly inspired by the traditional Yurt, keeping a central fireplace which is optimised for natural ventilation with a flexible internal layout. Sanitary facilities are added plus well insulated external walls that can easily be personalised.