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Fuzhou is a historical and cultural city along the southeast coast of China; it is known as the ‘gateway to the Silk Road across the ocean’. For this project, the designers drew inspiration from Fuzhou’s maritime culture and traditions, which flourished under the Qing Dynasty. From this, they took the idea of using the concept of a sail as the basis for the design, creating a magnificent wall-hung structure entitled Sailing, using 366 hand-carved cards. The structure, which is 8.5 metres in height and 8.2 metres in width, powerfully represents the unity, determination and courage of the people of Fuzhou. The cards themselves are designed in the form of traditional Fuzhou building tiles; this blends local traditions with regional historical feature to ensure Fuzhou’s culture endures. The design also merges western style with Chinese elements such as local stone.