WDD recently completed the transformation of the “KOSA” project in Xiamen. The site of the project is an old Nanyang overseas Chinese villa with an independent courtyard, which is located next to Nanputuo Temple in Xiamen and has been converted into a cafe. After the transformation, the space should become a compound commercial space with the functions of teahouse, utensils exhibition hall, cultural and artistic activities organization and display.
▲基地原貌The original appearance of the base
Through an intersection of Nanhua Road in Xiamen, you can reach the site of the project by supporting the stone steps. After entering the courtyard gate, it can be seen that there is a courtyard before and after the building, which is connected by a path. There are two floors inside the building, but there is a mezzanine space between each floor and two outdoor terraces on the second floor. The current situation of the building has been abandoned for a long time, indoor and outdoor walls fall off, dilapidated and messy.
▲改造后的项目顶视The top view of the modified project
First of all, the design of WDD is to restore and protect the historical and cultural characteristics of the original building. Through structural reinforcement and other measures, it not only retains the original appearance of Nanyang overseas Chinese buildings, but also ensures the safe operation demand of commercial space with dense flow of people.
▲建筑表皮保护照片 Figure: Photos of building skin protection
▲南洋老别墅特色瓷砖在室内得以保留Indoor preservation of characteristic ceramic tiles of Nanyang old villa
After that, WDD starts from the site planning, through the wall, doorway preservation, blocking and other minor changes, combined with indoor activities and outdoor courtyard tea court, through the combination of tea, utensils, culture, art functions, to carry out streamline, space, light and other systematic carding and reconstruction. The vestibule and backyard are connected with the indoor study, and the roof garden can be reached from the terrace and the backyard respectively. The modified traffic moving line makes the indoor and outdoor switching convenient and natural, which not only forms a differentiated spatial experience, but also provides a very convenient service path.
▲室内空间嵌套实景Interior space nesting real scene
Then, WDD selectively uses the original site to implant new functions. In the entrance space on the first floor, the wall is occupied by multiple windows, and the display of the tea ware is lack of display surface. WDD deliberately inserts the customer’s “KOSA LOGO” small house shape to form a showcase on the basis of keeping the original window. The visual tension of the house is interspersed with doorways or windows, forming a visual and sensory experience different from that of daily life. The wooden room type forms a characteristic display space with deep depth, and at the same time constitutes a frame image with rich levels in the interior.
▲庭院实景Real view of the courtyard
▲顶层露台实景Real view of the top terrace
In the vestibule and backyard, the main trees are completely preserved. New functions are also set up in the positions of important nodes to form visual and spatial anchors. A new open teahouse is set up at the corner of the front courtyard and backyard on the first floor. The direction of the teahouse is set according to the original ornamental trees planted in the courtyard, which is placed at an inclined angle and forms a symbiotic relationship with the trees. The balcony of the tea repair room is equipped with seats against the wall, and the view of the courtyard is in the eye. The roof landscape terrace adds handrails and sets the sunshade roof structure according to the height difference, which provides customers with a more comfortable viewing experience.
This case is a contemporary attempt to activate the architectural relics on the basis of protecting the buildings of overseas Chinese in Nanyang. WDD carries on the protection and transformation to the historic building by the subtle intervention way, gives the new function again, causes it to obtain the rebirth. WDD design hopes to extend and reconstruct time through the modernity of new functions and lifestyle, collide with the new energy of space, and present a unique experience space that can not only lead to history but also experience the future.
▲动线改造分析Analysis on the Transformation of moving Line