Plugin Tower, China

PAO's prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in China

People’s Architecture Office has designed a temporary, prefabricated structure that addresses the future of residential living in China. Installed at the Shenzhen headquarters of real estate developer Vanke, the ‘Plugin Tower’ addresses the insecurity of private home ownership in a country where land is held exclusively by the government, and the construction of private homes is reserved for the wealthy.

Commissioned by Vanke, People’s Architecture Office has designed the structure to stand without the need for foundations, circumventing the strict planning approval required for permanent buildings. The flexible and adaptable design also excludes the risk of losing one’s property, as residents can pack up their home and bring it with them if they are forced to relocate.

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