Responding to the displacement of the Hmong farming communities in China, the prize-winning Hmong Skyscraper provides the farmers with familiarity and community through its stackable farmhouse design.
The concept was thought up by Xiangshu Kong, Xiaoyong Zhang, and Mingsong Sun in order to construct an architectural solution for the Hmong people that aligned with their heritage and culture. The Hmong Skyscraper's design is made up of the Hmong people's original, traditional farmhouses that would be transported to the building site, hoisted with a crane, then set on a sturdy frame.
Once the structure was completed, the Hmong Skyscraper would be outfitted with several fitting features to make it more familiar. Public spaces for dancing and gathering would be carved out and natural spaces including farms, forests, and streams would be added. To effectively navigate the tall structure, the architects envisioned a lateral and vertical elevator system using Hmong-inspired human-sized birdcages.
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