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Metamorphosis features a pavilion crafted from local natural materials and traditional handicraft techniques, situated in an orchard village. The design concept aims to maintain and develop traditional rural industries outside of agricultural production to continue local characteristics and rural contexts.

Central to the project is the utilization of pear-related materials, which are abundantly available in the village. This abundance provides an excellent opportunity for large-scale fabrication. The village's skilled craftsmen play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency of constructing structural modules. The design employs a creative and sustainable approach by repurposing, reassembling, and reorganizing these otherwise unused materials into a spatial installation, thereby breathing new life into the pear trees. As a result, the pavilion emerges not just as a structure but as the largest piece of handicraft art in the village, serving as a catalyst for community engagement.

The design integrates readymade wood ornaments as part of the structural modules and explores the geometric potential of pentagons. The structural modules are arranged in a spatial tessellation pattern. The repeated interconnection of each unit culminates in the formation of the final structure. Overall, the project offers an innovative method for rejuvenating local handicraft industries, contributing to the preservation and celebration of rural cultural heritage.

- Collaborator*: Xi Chen, Wangyinan Zhao

- Credits: Special thanks to Yanan Huo, Wanqiu Liu, Tian Liang, Yuechen Cui, Zhenyu Wang and Jiayuan Shi, for the assistance in prototype validation and model making

- Site: Suqian, Jiangsu, China