The cloud left the city and drifted into the country.
A small village in the south of the Yangtze River called Shangmingdian. The village is about half an hour’s drive from Suzhou, at the southernmost of Jinxi。The river courses through the village, dividing it into several sections.
Our project is located on the northwest side of the site. It was an abandoned factory building.There are houses on three sides of the foundation, and to the south is a river.
The owner of the project, who has been running the Bifengtang catering in Shanghai for many years.He happened to pass by the village and fell in love with it’s nature and tranquility.He wants to live here for the holidays, with friends and family to bring back the memories of the village life. At the same time,he also wants to turn city restaurants into country ones.With the development of rural construction in China, we hope that rural and urban catering can be integrated into a new model.
There are houses on the east and west sides of the project, and a path on the north side.Because there are buildings on three sides, the entrance to the project is very small.In order to give a better impression, we broke the original arrangement, shrinking the area of the entrance and adding a front yard to the project.Use this transition zone to create a distance from the other buildings.
We want the building to echo the village.A building can be changed by a river, a tree, or a landscape.We split the accommodation area above the second floor into three separate buildings, with the best angle facing the river.We redefined the order of rural architecture by analyzing the factors of daylighting, ventilation and landscape.
Lonely White- A floating house
In order to make the building look lighter, we made the beam to the top of the floorboard.A large area of floor to ceiling glass is used on the first floor, and the design of the backward structure makes the continuity of the building façade more uniform.The first floor is an open activity area and the second floor is a guest room area.
The first floor of the building is the main activity space.A portion of the ground floor load-bearing column is placed in the outdoor pool.Floor-to-ceiling glass blurs the boundaries of the interior and exterior, ensuring the continuity of the space.Integrate the lawn, lounge area, pool, restaurant and other areas.The columns on the ground floor are rounde.We hoped to have a sense of freedom in the open space,it‘s like being in a forest, under the eaves, in the hallway
Architecture is in harmony with nature
Reliving the joys of walking in a village, walking through alleys, climbing walls and climbing courtyards are all part of our old life in the country.We wanted to create as many possibilities as possible while preserving the village layout.For this reason we have done a lot of efforts, such as the design of the spiral staircase is set in the second floor of a transition, landscape in the walk constantly changing.
We hope to use design to blend architecture, nature, life together, so that people can feel comfortable and free. Use design to add funnies for life.
We eliminated the wall as a way of dividing the space, so the columns are the focus of the first floor.We divided the floor into three functional areas through the placement of the columns.The three areas are the coffee reception, children’s activities and dining area.The circular distribution of the columns forms three relatively independent regions.
A wandering experience
When we designed the first floor, we tried to integrate the interior and exterior landscape.The first floor restaurant uses glass as a wall, visually connecting the indoor and outdoor scene.The visual transparency of the space comes from natural light. You always see the courtyard and the lake when you are in the restaurant.The circular wine table guides the route, the curved glass wall allows the route to be constantly changed.
Mr. Mu Xin said, “The best state of life is to be quiet on the outside but ardentt on the inside.” Our appearance may be insipidity, but heart anytime throughout positive mood. Different materials, visual perception and tactile perception give people different feedback.The pastoral life soothed the restlessness of the heart,so that people can use the state of leisure to greet the dawn.
Architectural design Firm:Chaoyu Architectural design
Chief Architect: Wang Xing & Liang Fei
Design Team: Wu Taokai, Yi Hangfei, Zhou Jie, Lin Qingxia
Interior design: Chao Yu Architectural Design
Design team: Wu Taokai, Chen Jinao, Bian Taochuan, Xiao Wenhui, Hua Yiying
Structure design: Tang Yinchuan
Soft decoration design: Chen Wei
Owner: Shanghai Shelter Food Co., LTD,Chen Wei
Location: Shangmingdian Village, Kunshan, Suzhou city, Jiangsu Province
Building Area:1000 square meters
Completion date: February 2022
Materials: exterior wall coating, perforated aluminum plate, micro cement, terrazzo, etc
Photography: Cijian Architectural photography , Zhao Yilong