Currently, in a historic village in Anhui Province, China, a gathering facility designed by us is under construction. We introduced this project on our blog in September of last year.

We have received the latest photos from the site and, with the permission of the client, we are posting them here.

The reinforced concrete structure is nearly completed.


The basic design was completed in September two years ago (2019), and subsequently, a local design office carried out the detailed design, and construction at the site commenced. (The start of construction was delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.)


Initially, there were discussions about me visiting the site once construction started to assess the situation and provide advice. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that began at the beginning of last year, the situation has made it necessary to postpone such a visit.


Before we started the design  (in August 2019), I visited the site once. At that time, I could not have imagined that just six months later, the novel coronavirus would be wreaking havoc worldwide, and international travel would become nearly impossible.


Originally, the contract stipulated that we would be responsible for the basic design only, according to the client’s wishes. However, at the beginning of this year, the client requested advice on matters such as selecting building materials, interior design, and landscaping (which was originally how we had hoped to proceed with the project). We have been supervising the project through occasional remote meetings using tools like Zoom and exchanging documents via email.


Indeed, there are unique challenges to remote work, such as the limitations in making more precise judgments without direct, on-site visual inspections. In international work, even with the assistance of interpreters, there is always a risk of misinterpretation due to differences in language and customs. To address the lack of information and communication gaps, we make every effort to have thorough exchanges and ensure that construction only proceeds after obtaining approval, thus minimizing the risk of incorrect outcomes.


Working remotely via web connections is not necessarily linked to the quality of the work and the distance to the site, whether it’s domestic or international. Of course, when it comes to architectural work, being physically present at the site is the ideal option. However, the trend towards remote work is likely to increase in the future. In such cases, we aim to explore methods that allow for more reliable supervision, even in situations where direct physical presence is not possible.



How to enhance the precision of communication with on-site personnel becomes a critical factor in determining the quality of architecture. Building a team that can achieve more accurate communication and environmental setup, including improving team dynamics, is of utmost importance. In such situations, my previous experience at Tadao Ando Architect and Associates of working on projects in distant locations like Sri Lanka and South Korea has proven to be highly valuable.



From this point forward, here is the image perspective (expected completion view) from the basic design stage.


Currently, we are in discussions with local experts regarding fixtures, interior, and landscaping. The completion of the building is expected in a few months.


As a designer, I would like to see the finished building with my own eyes, but above all, it is crucial that the world returns to a state of calm.


I hope for a swift end to COVID-19, and I pray for a society where people can live in peace and security.