Life seems so banal and simple ，it’s so easy to meet the humdrum of everyday things, yet it is secretly preoccupied with finding ways to satisfy some higher standards.
Ten year ban on fishing
A “10-year ban on fishing” strategy has been put into place at Taihu Lake recently in an effort to lessen the ecological harm that fishing has caused. Fishermen who earlier earned a life off of fishing have returned to the harbor with their boats because the ten-year ban on fishing in Taihu Lake. The fishing boats at the harbor keep the peaceful and prosperous state. The original building for our project was a home on the banks of Lake Taihu that belonged to the fisherman. We created a spatial design with the “fishing boats returning to the harbour” as the center in order to keep his happy memories of fishing in the space.
Method of transformation
The initial structure was a small pink home constructed by locals from the area. The structure could not be significantly altered due to restrictions on rural development; only the exterior facade may be changed. In order to get the building in good form with little intervention, we adopt a technique we refer to as “minimally intrusive surgery.” The building needs to be returned to its most basic state by removing all of the Roman columns and other European emblems, replacing the green tiles, painting the facade, and removing all edges and corners.In order to increase the viewing area, a very small airy window has been designed around the window . We enhance the enclosure of each balcony. The building has been given a new look through the adjustment of details.
解构 · 时间
Deconstruction of time
When you enter the space, you can see the first is the spatial decoration in the form of a paper boat at the entrance to the building. This is a harbour where fishermen temporarily anchor. Objects of the fishermen’s life are everywhere in the space： shells, fishing boats and water …… are in the form of elements in the space. With the “fishing boats returning to the harbour” as the core, the designer has turned the ground floor into a café open to the public, which can also be used as a public area for the homestay. The space incorporates the ‘boat’ element -between the building and the interiorhas enough space . As the visual focus, the café bar like the boat in the space. The beams are the masts of the ship, and the sofa as the hull. Because bringing social function and artistic aesthetics into the design of the space,the commercial function of the café is retained.Design the café into a fishing boat drifting on the lake, creating a sense of the atmosphere of a fisherman’s daily life.ild andsahans.
对话 · 记忆
Dialogue with Memory
The space holds fragments of the fishermen’s past lives, and stones from the bottom of the Taihu Lake are laid at the bottom of the staircase, injecting another meaning into the space. Simple furnishings and light combination， form a novel feeling on the visual level. The staircase to the upper floor is presented in a combination of old and new.The designer retaining some of the original building’s form, like the old purlins and rafters revealing the marks of the flow of time, combined with the modern staircase form, creating a dialogue between the old and the new .
拥抱 · 自然
Visitors can rest on the second and third floors of the building, which are design as the homestay’s room.The space is free of superfluous decoration and the emphasis is on its rustic interior.To accommodate the demands of various spatial activities, the space uses the architectural strategy of enclosing and interspersing,the divides zones in the form of “continuous separation.” To create a sense of order in the area, unified visual elements exist in the space in the form of interpenetration. Diverse seashells that fisherman brought home are used as art adornment, and the architectural strategy of enclosing draw distinct boundaries. The space creates a completely different feeling of experience because to the continual enclosing and interspersing design strategies, with various enclosing methods and the interspersing and integration of geometric features.The curved semi-enclosed design not only ensures that space is continuous, but also clearly delineates the purpose of various regions.
遇见 · 灯塔
Come across the lighthouse
By utilising the current conditions of Taihu Lake and observing the past of the fishing hamlet through the rebuilding of the building, “Fishing Boat Returning to Port” illustrates the life of a fisherman. We hope that the rebuilt fisherman’s house will serve three purposes. The first point is a space which people can easy to enjoy the live and rest in there. The second point is like yeast ,it’s can inspire the surrounding buildings and environment. The third point is like the lighthouse, a bit of light in the distance, allowing people from further away to see the place and drawing them in the village.
Name of Project：Qianshanjing Homestay
Address：Guangfu Town, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Project Owner：Xu Gang, Suzhou Suzhidacheng Hotel Management Co.
Design Agency：CHAO Design
Design Creator：Liang Fei, Wang Xing
Design Team：Yi Hangfei, Wu Taokai, Hua Yiying, Zhou Jie
Project Construction：Suzhou Dahan Fubon Architectural Decoration Liu Changbao
Lighting Design：Suzhou Fire Circle Lighting Huang Lai
Publicity Planning：Copywriting| EDG Media
Photography：Xu Yiwhen, Tan Xiaozhong