The project is located in Guantouling where in the west of Beihai City, making a bow-shaped direction from southwest to northeast, the steep rocks of the sea erosion platform are staggered and varied, and the surrounding attractions such as ‘Sea dry stone rotten’ are combined to form a systematic tourism resource in the whole area.


The original site of the building is a service station supporting the scenic spot, without changing the overall structure of the original building, C&C DESIGN gives it a new image in the form of micro-intervention, which is upgraded and transformed into a complex service place including cafe, shopping, rinse shower, toilet, and outdoor sea-watching theater. The transformed building not only meets the functional needs, but also contains rich cultural and ecological narratives, freely immersed in the environment, and has a unique construction logic. Under the erosion of time, it tends to grow together with the local environment.


With mountains behind and the sea in front, the project locates above the reef. Starting from the existence of the natural environment around the site, the design presents the building as a low-profile place, and bridges the gap between the ‘existence form’ of nature and the ‘construction for’ of architecture by blurring the physical boundary between man-made structure and natural lands.


Just as living things grow by the influence of natural laws, under the shade of wooden roofs, reddish-brown reefs ‘grow’ out of structures and spaces, then creating architectural forms. Face to the reefs and sea-eroded platforms unique to Beihai, the intention of design tends to perpetuate and amplify the experience rather than reinvent it.

人们对礁石的感知带有强烈的身体性,在此,结构本身也不止外形上的“建造”,更包含了内在的“叙事”。 洗手间功能以单体的形式被拆解,在礁石之内散布。电雾玻璃让独立的厕所隔间保持通透,空间的硬边界被虚化,礁石内部的视觉完整性得以保留。洞穴般原始的氛围中,人造光源巧妙地诉说着时间与光线的微妙变化,与石壁形成温和逆反的能量。

People’s perception of the reef has a strong physicality, and here the structure itself is not only the ‘construction’ of the appearance, but also the inner ‘narrative’. The washroom function is disassembled as a single unit and scattered within the reef. The electric-fog-glass keeps the individual toilet cubicles transparent, the hard boundaries of the space are blurred, and the visual integrity of the reef’s interior is preserved. In a cave-like atmosphere, artificial light sources subtly tell the subtle changes of time and light, forming a gentle counter-energy with the stone wall.


Considering the construction period of the project and the texture of the sea reef, ‘reef building’ becomes an appropriate intervention between artificial and natural, so that they can live together.

礁石表面的质感展示了自然的创造过程。为了保持建筑肌理与自然环境的原始对话,指向空间最真诚的感知状态,在大的形态把握之下,设计刻意将控制欲降低,让工人的手作 “顺其自然”。 “造礁”的过程充满了未知的不确定性,在精确的模糊和感性体验的引导下逐步推敲,构建出整个空间。

The texture of the reef surface demonstrates the natural creative process. In order to maintain the original dialogue between the architectural texture and the natural environment, and to point to the most sincere perception of the space, under the grasp of the large form, the design deliberately reduces the desire for control, allowing the workers’ handiwork to ‘go with the flow’. The process of ‘reef building’ is full of unknown uncertainties, guided by precise ambiguity and perceptual experience, gradually scrutinizing to construct the entire space.


The interior of the reef is made of weather-resistant concrete combined with metal, and the wrinkled texture of the skin truly shows the rough and heavy texture of the reef. Under the action of wind and time, the surface color and texture will also change subtly, and with the passage of time, the boundary between artificial and natural here will become more and more blurred, and the building tends to be natural, humble and retreat.


Watching the sea, taking a nap, socializing, washing… The relationship between architecture and people is derived from the perception and experience of space.


Climbing the stone walkway at the entrance, the coffee bar is also a platform for viewing the sea. The open foot-rinse area extends in the reef interface with staggered steps, and the visitor’s activities are invisibly released from a single perception, and the order of the place combines functions to enrich the dimension of people’s experience of the building.


Today, the construction of scenic service facilities with a unified layout and a pattern is undoubtedly paradoxical, in a sense, it has lost its soul – those diverse, natural, temporal, and occasional souls. In a complete natural environment, the atmosphere of the building is inseparable from the spirit of the place. Visitors may not know much about architecture, but they can truly feel that they have a deep intuitive experience and emotional resonance with the nature of this time and place.


Compared with modern buildings with sharp lines, “building reefs” above the reef is an abnormal construction, and if the abnormality is regarded as a “return to normal” – towards nature, it may be another kind of comfort for people’s self-desire and soul.




项目名称 |  北海·冠头岭·礁石

建筑设计 |  广州共生形态工程设计有限公司

室内设计 |  广州共生形态工程设计有限公司

设计总监 |  彭征

主案设计 |  谢泽坤、夏声悦

设计团队 |  郑瑾萱、谢紫山

项目业主 |  广西全域游旅游投资有限公司

项目地点 |  广西北海

设计时间 |  2023.03

竣工时间 |  2023.07

设计面积 |  280㎡

项目摄影 |  邹锋翰@4U STUDIO


Project Information——

Location:Beihai, Guangxi, China

Design Area: 280㎡

Interior Design: C&C DESIGN CO.,LTD.

Design Director: Peng Zheng

Lead Designer: Xie Zekun, Xia Shengyue

Design Date: March 2023

Completion Date: August 2023

Client Name: Guangxi Global Tourism Investment Co., Ltd.

Main Materials: Cement plastic stone, wood grain paint, wood grain aluminum board, aluminum composite panel, electrified glass