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2008 Award of Distinction 

Fujian Earth Buildings

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the Fujian Earth Buildings has safeguarded a unique building typology and acknowledges their ongoing relevance in a modern era. Dating as far back as the tenth century, the buildings stand as a testament to innovative traditional building technology that evolved in response to local social patterns and political necessity. Detailed documentation of the structures allowed the conservation team to develop a baseline record of the cultural and physical significance of the site. As part of the restoration strategy, inappropriate later accretions were removed and the necessary modern utilities were installed in an unobtrusive manner to clarify the articulation of the historic structures and to accommodate ongoing contemporary occupation by the residents.