China   |  2022

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Bamboo Resort Rising from A Paddy Field

Entrant Company

Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Sustainable Living / Green

The project is located in the old Donggu Village among the mountains. There used to be an abandoned cement factory on the site. After two years of research and communication, our client and the government together proposed an exciting renewal plan, that is, to build an ecological rural cultural resort. The ground level of the building is a LOOP public space gently rising from the fields. To serve the whole town, it accommodates a visitor center, a folk culture hall, a nature experience class, a traditional handicraft workshop, a local food bistro, a wild original art gallery, a mineral spring pool, etc. The upper level is a mini town consisting of 68 living units with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Facing the large rice field on the east side, it is a group of vault villa, where people and paddy fields are in super-close contact. After the rain, you can easily take a walk on the ridge, or just relax in the outdoor bathtub and enjoy the changing seasons. On the west side, towards the river and mountains, there is a series of flat suites with private courtyards. Customized view windows are adjusted to specific scenes, so that guests can enjoy the unique view of the water, mountains and sky in every space. On the north side near the town are three groups of guest rooms hidden in the bamboo forest. The central shared courtyards give each room a private scenery. In our design, local bamboo is rough-processed through a series of traditional crafts to become architectural and landscape elements such as bamboo tiles, bamboo bricks, and bamboo floors. At the same time, we use the local rammed earth technology to combine various bamboo pieces with mountain granite pieces to form a unique exterior wall system. Overall, local natural materials accounted for more than 83% of the total project materials. The remaining concrete, steel and glass were strictly designed as recyclable elements, prefabricated at the factory and assembled on site.

Credits

Yunchao Xu
Jiachuan Qi
Hongrui Liu
Xiangyi Lan
Jianxuan Chen
Ruidong Xing
Tianxiong Li
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