Louna International Architect’s Village
Under the background of ‘Beautiful Countryside’ and rural revival, promoted by the China Building Centre (CBC) and the Urban Environment Design Magazine (UED) have invited architects from all around the world, including the Scarcity and Creativity Studio, to design and build facilities for the new Louna International Architect’s Village. The initiative aims to provide a model for rural constructions in China. Louna International Architect’s Village aims to set a model for the transformation of rural construction in China through design, culture, and art. The organizers say:
“Louna Practice gathers international architectural masters to demonstrate their philosophies about futuristic country life, and eventually create a Utopia by their joint efforts.”
“All the technologies and materials applied in the construction of Louna Village should be ecological and low carbon, as well as low cost and adaptive to local conditions, which then could be promoted as a model for future practice in the countryside. The lifestyle at Louna International Architect’s Village should be poetic and ideal country life.”
Louna International Architect’s Village will setup the Louna International Architecture and Art School who will cooperate with schools of architecture and academies from around the world. Louna International Architecture and Art School has three main objectives:
- Forward Looking: international cooperation in curriculum development and research.
- Uniqueness and inclusiveness: bring together high quality and diversified architectural course world-wide.
- Site work: a full architectural process, from design to construction.
Scarcity and Creativity has been asked to design and build a small bookshop for the Louna International Architecture and Art School.
In Xingyi’s Dingxiao town lies Louna village, a small valley with a predominantly Buyi ethnic minority population. The villagers have moved to a location nearby and the valley is today almost empty. Louna International Architect’s Village will be built in this valley. The fields in the valley will continue to be maintained by the old inhabitants.
The Louna River meanders through the village providing water for the fields and the inhabitants of the village. In summer, the plants in the fields form a green sea waving with the wind blowing by.
The village puts on a Rice Seedling Planting Festival on the sixth day of the fourth lunar month as a way to express gratitude to nature and pray for favorable weather. On the day, people compete at rice seedling planting in the fields and catching fish in the river. In recent years, the village has been developing modern agriculture, such as the bonsai and flower industries, to help villagers increase their incomes. Money is also being invested in rural tourism and more visitors are being attracted to make a tour to the village, helping to further boost the locals’ income.