Into the Rabbit Hole Design Competition
– Top 3!

China

Woman in Swimsuit

Yufeng Liao

A junior in the Department of Environmental Art and Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University.

1.Introduction:
Hello, everyone! My name is Yufeng Liao, from China. I am a junior in the Department of Environmental Art and Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. Environmental Art Design is an interdisciplinary major in China. We study architecture, landscape, interior, furniture and other types of design, with no distinction of specific directions, which enables us to express our design concepts in a variety of ways. In the future, I hope to continue my studies and contribute to the research in this field.


2.When and how were you first introduced to architecture?
I was born in Xianyang, the most ancient capital of China, which has enabled me to appreciate the charm of ancient Chinese architecture since childhood. After I went to high school, the school invited a senior from the architecture major of the Central Academy of Fine Arts to introduce us to architectural design, which was my first exposure to the discipline in terms of its main content.


3.What is your design philosophy?
We believe that the body is the interface that connects the inner spiritual world and the outer world. We want to indulge children’s curiosity in physical experience through the playfulness of space—the characteristics of space that stimulates the participation of the body, so as to encourage children complete daily transportation, communication, sports, leisure, learning and other activities in an extraordinary physical way, and gain an unforgettable spatial perceptive experience and spiritual satisfaction.
Our design goal aims at designing an active mental health space, so as to achieve spiritual healing for left-behind children through rich physical experiences and various sensory experiences.
Bunnies in Burrowland is a subterranean healing building modeled on a rabbit hole. Its overall spatial relationship from top to bottom takes the form of being open to being semi-open and being private. The space is filled with plenty of play room for children to immerse and discover themselves. The purpose is to guide the children by gradually opening themselves up through the playfulness of the space. Bunnies in Burrowland has three thematic flow lines that address the many issues confronted by “left-behind” children, namely Family Affection Flow Line, Education Flow Line, Self-Cognition Flow Line, providing multifaceted support for children’s growth. I designed the Education Flow Line. The educational theme flowline is set up to learn knowledge through games, so as to discover children’s talents and guide them to make future career planning.


4.What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture for me is a means of expressing myself and responding to society as a whole. Owing to the considerable number of children in my family, my parents’ home in the city cannot accommodate three children at the same time. As the youngest child in my family, I lived left-behind during my childhood with my grandmother for a period of time. Therefore, at that time, I had vague memories of my parents. As I grow up, I have more concern and sympathy for the left-behind children, and I hope to do something for them within my ability.
In this era of change, a variety of problems are arising in our society. In recent years, China, Japan, South Korea and some other countries have experienced serious aging problems, and China's birth population has fallen off a cliff, which is due to the huge social pressure and the exceedingly high cost of birth as well as upbringing. This entails our society needing to make some policies and take corresponding measures to cope with the increasingly serious population problem. I hope that this model of socially assisted parenting will not only be offered to left-behind children, but will also be developed into a popularized approach for the general public in the future. Architecture is a direct means by which I think over contemporary issues, respond to social appeals, and shoulder the responsibilities of our times.


5.Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on the role of architecture in healing the human mind.
Faced with the problem of left-behind children in China, we focus on Sichuan province. Through field research and extensive literature review in Sichuan, we deeply understand the local situation and the problems confronted by left-behind children, and give our feedback.
Architecture is the place where we live, and its space, light, color, material and other aspects affect us all the time. With the development of the times, our society pays more and more attention to people’s mental health. Healing architecture has become a significant architectural design theme in the new era. We hope to put forward different solutions in response to different groups of people in time yet to come.

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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