“West or East” is a restaurant offering fine dining for travelers， with traditional Yunnan cuisine and new dishes inspired by travelingsand history. It is located in No.25 Guangwu Road， Dali Ancient City.
The restaurant is based in a two-yard ancient house where the first yard is the outside one and the second yard is closely combined with original living space. The site is in a dilapidated condition， of which the L-shaped two-level house is kept considering its historic value， while the rest collapsed part has been demolished. The restaurant needs enough space for business， and this means new section must be added to the site.
▲改造前现状 the site before renovation
The relationship between the existing old section and the new addition has always been the key point of the reconstruction project.
We take it as the the existing “old shell” and the “new body”. The “new body” is originated from the “old shell”， keeping the shadow of the ancient architect but wholly brand-new. The ancient architect reserved its speciaty besides necessary repair work.
The old section and the new addition each have two steps to connect the upper and lower levels. The new architect has grown from the ancient one， as though piecing through it and reaching out to the first yard on the outside. Adding initiative to the original conservatives， it sheds spotlight on the restaurant‘s public nature. The new addition is also continuation of its new form.
▲改造前现状the site before renovation
The new addition adopted transparent spatial treatment， to distinguish it from depressing ancient architect. The roof construction in wooden slats along ？with coated glass ceiling， breaking the silence of the ancient architect， enabled further contact between sunlight and the new architect. As transformation of rafters， as shadows of the ancient architect， slats are also followings of roof mechanism of the ancient architect across hundreds of years. Face to face， the addition is like a child in front of and old.
In view of the scale of the courtyard， the roof of new addition slants down to a side of it in this confined space. To highlight the fact that new architect has grew from the old， the side of the roof of new addition connected with the old architect also slants down to the other side. In order to provide a better dining environment， the ridge of the roof in the middle part is slightly lifted up. Thus， it forms into the present roof shape and meanwhile affects the extended part of the new addition.
▲施工过程 construction process
▲首层平面图 first floor plan
▲二层平面图 second floor plan
▲剖面图A-A section A-A
▲剖面图B-B section B-B
▲剖面图C-C section C-C
▲剖面图D-D section D-D
We wish the new addition could bring life to the ancient house. In a metaphor， they are two shapes of life. One has witnessed hundreds of history while the other new-born one just experienced its first light of life. Look forward to their bounded and legend future.
▲总平面图 site plan
▲建筑与古城鸟瞰 the building and aerial view
新老建筑，大理古城，苍山 the new and old building，Dali Ancient city，Cangshang
项目名称：“猫在大理”传奇菜 — 大理百年老宅改造
Project name：West or East-Reconstruction of an Ancient House
Leader designer ： Qiangqiang Mi
General Coordinator：Runtian Che
Team：Runtian Che、Qiangqiang Mi、Shengnan Zhang、Wei Shi、Junlong Chen
Completion Year： 2020.02
Construction manager：Gong Zhang
Structural Consultant：Haokun Han
Photo by：PaM、Duoduo Mi、Mingxi Fan
Photo credits：PaM Design Office