Located on the shoreline of Hainan, XingXing is facing a number of destructive natural events, constantly weakening the fabric of the village. The increase of these acute shocks is endangering the security and the prosperity of its inhabitants, calling for a resilient response. It’s by reinforcing the sense of community, protecting the people and their environment, stimulating the economy and managing the natural resources that this project aims for an almost complete autonomy.
Aware of the large quantity of financial and human resources required for the success of this project, it appeared clearly to us that every element had to work in synergy with the others, bringing solutions to major issues and creating opportunities for the locals. This osmosis of landscape systems, makes all elements work together to a common outcome; resilience towards climate challenges and socio-economics issues.
Hand in hand with an overall refinement of the living standard achieved by integrating new structures into the existing, the integration of natural barriers managing wind and water, the underground water system and drainable paths throughout the village are able to offer a strong resistance to the extreme pressure brought by typhoons. This management of resources in a continuous cycle creates opportunities for the inhabitants to store water in preparation for the dry season.
The osmosis project stimulates the local economy, respects the urban fabric, acknowledges the diversity in the village and offers public spaces to socialize and share. It respects the identity of the village in all of its essence, striving for a durable acceptance by the community.
Composing with various systemic cycles at different scale, we propose a harmonious coexistence of old and new, all oriented towards the community. It clearly demonstrates the necessity of anchoring every aspect of the project in the local context in order to achieve resilience.