Neri&Hu Design has designed the Incision – Nantou City Guesthouse in Nantou, China.
This project was an opportunity to transform an eight-story-tall existing apartment building in Nantou – an urban village where preindustrial settlements grew both inward and upward to become an ultra-dense community.
Situated in Shenzhen, a recently formed metropolis, Nantou has evolved from an ancient port to the village into the city that it is today, characterised by many intricately close-knit winding streets – among shops, dormitories, and informally occupied lots.
Urban villages are a phenomenon where the remnants of pre-industrial settlements are nestled amid a seemingly modern metropolis. Nantou City, the site of Neri&Hu's adaptive reuse project for an 11-room guesthouse, is an example of such an urban village.
The project made building-scale "incisions" on the existing building as a way to blur the boundaries of its interior and exterior, along with the reflection on the cultural heritage of the mundane.
Designer: Neri&Hu Design, Research Office
Project: Incision - Nantou City Guesthouse