Project Quick Facts

Principal Investigator

  • Prof. ZHU Jingxiang

    School of Architecture

  • Collaboration

    Unitinno Architectural Technology Development Company Limited

A lightweight prefabricated building product that is easy to assemble, reusable and recyclable.

Checkered Playhouse is a lightweight prefabricated building product developed by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is designed with careful thoughts on climate, structure, manufacturing, construction, transportation and maintenance. With its easy-to-assemble feature, persons without professional training or even students can finish the construction within days. The playhouse can be dismantled and reassembled at a different location, or be fully recycled, with no construction waste produced. With great assembling flexibility, the design can easily accustom to different environments and requirements. To date, 58 Checkered Playhouses were built in villages across different cities and provinces including Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Gansu, Chongqing, Xinjiang.

Checkered Playhouse in Yunnan (Mar 2017)
Interior of the first Checkered Playhouse in Gansu (Apr 2015)
Flow Fabrication of Checkered Playhouse in Factory
Easy On-Site Assembling of Checkered Playhouse

Uniqueness and Competitive Advantages:

  • Characterized with rapid erection, minor foundation works, zero construction waste, re-usability and exquisite spatial experience
  • Best suitable for circumstances where houses have to be built within short periods or when heavy machinery is unavailable, e.g. rebuilding work after natural disasters, school building at remote underprivileged rural area
  • A green solution to events such as exhibitions where impermanent constructions are needed. All materials can be recollected and reused, hence construction waste can be significantly reduced

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