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2007 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation



Fujian Earth Building, Fujian Province 

The Fujian Earth Building, also know as Tulou, is located in the southwest mountain area of Fujian province. A unique vernacular residential building housing big families, it was constructed from local materials, for instance, sandy sticky soil, fir and stones. The restoration project started in 1999 and finished in 2001. The conservation process included preservation and appropriate reuse of each building and also aimed to establish new standards of health and hygiene. It has revived traditional crafts and building technique developed over centuries.

Lijiang Ancient Town, Yunnan Province 

The ancient town of Lijiang, located in Yunnan province, is renowned for its diverse local cultures and ethnic flavors. After being listed as a World Heritage site in 1997, the rapid growth of local tourism has led to great impact on the city. In 2002, the process of conservation planning for the historic city was started. So far, 174 traditional houses long with the historic landscape have been restored in a manner which retains their authenticity.

Little Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Little Hong Kong, or the Central Ordinance Munitions Depot, was constructed in 1937 by the British Royal Engineers. The site was a secure military facility specifically designed to store arms and ammunition in the past. The client approached the government in early 2002 with a successful proposal that included an innovative commercial use of the underground bunkers. Since its inception, the restored Little Hong Kong has played host to a clubhouse and museum. These have ensured its long-term survival through sustainable and compatible business practices, while also play an important role in raising awareness about this period in Hong Kong's history. 

Liu Family's Civil Residence, Shanxi Province

The Liu Family Civil Residence is located in Xi Wen Xing Village in Shanxi province and was built during the Tang Dynasty, over a thousand years ago. The building's design, construction and decorative works are on par with the highest level of traditional Chinese building techniques and crafts. A conservation project was prepared in 1986 and started in 2001 under the supervision of cultural and construction experts. The building was carefully disassembled and re-assembled using traditional building techniques.

No. 2 Lane 690, Shanghai

The four-story mansion is located in a residential lane in the Lujiazui financial district.  Constructed 70 years ago, the building reflected the European architectural influence of that era.  Shanghai's lane neighborhoods are facing great pressure from the modernization of the city, and this project was undertaken in order to raise awareness of the value of this valuable urban and architectural heritage.  Prior to restoration, the building was in poor condition, with problems from water logging, sagging of floors and fittings, and inappropriate use of new materials.  The restoration project has implemented protective reconstruction, reinforcement and interior construction in order to improve the interior layout, fire rating and structural stability and modern function of the building, which now houses both offices and residences.

Zhang Fei Temple, Chongqing City

The two-story Zhang Fei Temple which dates back to the Qing Dynasty was built against the mountains nearby the Yangtze River in Chongqing city. In 1994, the Three Gorges dam project began construction. The temple was in one of the areas due to be submerged. This project rescued the temple by relocating and conserving it. Starting in 2002, the main construction works lasted nearly one year and were completed in the new location in 2003.

Zhejiang Wuyi Art Academy, Zhejiang Province 

The Zhejiang Wuyi Art Academy was built in the Ming Dynasty on Xiangshan Mountain in Wuyi county. Covering 2,100 square meters, the building was an academy for cultural education of the local community. It contains many fine works of stone sculpture, woodcarving and brick sculpture which are unique in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The conservation project was started in 1999 to reveal the original Ming architectural style while protecting and repairing the wooden structure. Completed in 2004, today the property belongs to Wuyi Art Academy and the building continues to serve as a place of knowledge transmission.