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Christine de Schaetzen, April 2, 2007
Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
 
The Hakka dwellings in China by André Stevens

The Younding district of Fujian Province (southeast China) is home to the Hakka, an ethic group whose language, customs and even dietary habits differ from the rest of the Chinese population. Their architecture is akin to genuine “earthen social housing” rising to a height of 20 metres and quadrangular or circular in shape. A whole clan, that is sometimes as many as 400 people, live in just one of these buildings, entirely turned in upon itself for safety reasons but open to all the neighbours whether opposite or adjacent. As all forms of popular architecture in China, these dwellings were denigrated during the Maoist period when the focus was on solid buildings as symbols of modernism and progress. Nevertheless, local populations are continuing to build in the same style and continuing to use the technique of the adobe, even if today the buildings are no longer of such phenomenal dimensions.


Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
 
Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
Hakkas dwellings_André Stevens_Fujian_China
 
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