Nantong Self-Built Rural House Demo
Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China
Ningbo Free Trade Zone Xitong International Trading Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Green Architects Co.,Ltd.
In the past few decades of China’s rapid development, the housing sector has undergone significant changes. Rural housing, in particular, has gained immense importance in China’s housing development landscape. Factors such as shifts in the housing market, demographic changes, and transitions between rural and urban populations have greatly influenced strategies for rural development, including housing provisions and policies.
Additionally, the interplay between the Hukou system (China’s household registration system) and housing reforms has shaped the direction of rural housing policies in the country. Aligned with China’s broader Rural Revitalization Strategy, a core component of the government’s efforts to achieve balanced economic and social development while alleviating poverty, the provision of cost-effective, swift-built, safe, and comfortable rural housing has become essential. This is underscored by the fact that millions of Chinese individuals chose not to return to urban areas for work after the coronavirus pandemic, as official data reveals. The convergence of an aging population, high living costs, and emerging businesses like livestreaming e-commerce has also led to a reversal of the trend towards big cities that characterized China’s economic growth in previous decades.
Against this backdrop, the developer of this project envisions creating a standardized light wood frame residential system tailored for rural housing in China. The primary aim is to meet the self-housing needs of rural residents. The developer perceives light wood frame structures as more fitting for rural environments compared to urban settings. Presently, many self-constructed rural homes are built with concrete, lacking aesthetic appeal and comfort. To address this, the developer has engaged a professional architectural design team to pioneer the first pilot product. The objective is to employ this pilot project as a means to discover a secure, cozy, visually pleasing, cost-effective, and uniform solution for self-built rural housing. Located in Rudong County, Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, the pilot project encompasses a construction area of roughly 94 square meters. Its main framework consists of a single-story light wood structure. Canada Wood China provides essential technical support for the pilot project, including guidance and training spanning from design to construction. The SPF lumber material is generously supplied by Canfor. Once the project is completed, it will serve as a blueprint for the developer’s market endeavors and future research and development initiatives and could potentially open up a new market segment for Canadian SPF products.