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L&A Design: There are many rustic and beautiful villages in Zhejiang and the Henggang International Art Village in Wuzhen has been rejuvenated by L&A designers since 2015. As time goes on, the Henggang village is renewed and grown with the arrival of generations, inspiring new vitality and leaving many different memories every year, encourage people to come and experience the novelty of wild interest and natural change.
After the 2021 L&A Rural Revival Camp activity, the Art Village has been transformed once again, whether it is the Joy Commune (formerly the Duckling Station), the backyard of the B&B or the Tangyue Garden (Monet Garden II), etc., they have become more colorful in terms of site scope, functional utilization and architectural form. If these places were dusty grey, they are vivid and colorful now.
The countryside is our foundation from beginning to end. The emphasis on rural revitalization in recent years has given many villages a facelift, attracting many tourists to experience the beauty of rural life, achieving an exchange of urban and rural cultures, and also promoting local operations and development. This is exactly the meaning and essence of rural construction, and we have been walking on this road.
悦公社的打造 The creation of the Joy Commune
As the entrance space, the Duckling Station is one of the most brilliant places in the growth of Henggang Village. Designers have upgraded the original duckling IP to ” Art Duck ” version 2.0 and transformed the station into “Joy Commune”, giving the venue a new vitality through the romantic and artistic interpretation.
“Joy Commune” takes the Duckling Station as the core, integrates and absorbs the surrounding areas for renewal. The whole site is divided into two distinctive areas: the front space of the Duckling Station and the Beer Garden. The designers have fully integrated the different functional characteristics of different areas, enhance the front space of the station with better display effect while more comfortable experience of the Beer Garden, creating a new internet celebrity spot in Henggang International Art Village.
▼原先破旧的小鸭驿站入口 Entrance to the original dilapidated Duckling Station
▼衰败的啤酒花园 The decaying Beer Garden
▼更新后充满童趣的驿站前花园 The garden in front of the post station now full of childishness
After renovation，the identifiability of the entrance area has been greatly improved, with a huge and brightly colored painted duck on the ground greets every visitor enthusiastically, and a hand-made wooden door consists of more than 600 wooden strips, all of which are cut and customized by team members. Cooperate with the distinctive “Joy Commune” logo and circular light fixture, the guiding property of the entrance is enhanced. As a result, the whole entrance area becomes harmonious, natural, vivid and interesting.
▼颇具记忆点的入口区 The entrance area with memory points
For the area in front of the Duckling Station, the designers replaced the original worn-out blue bricks which are easy to slip in rainy days with small stone pavement, and wrote the words of English and characteristic dialect in white pigment, which enhance the interest of the area.
The dream garden is upgraded from the area where the Duckling IP sculpture broke through the wall. The grass around the duckling was divided into different green islands, on which blue and green transparent acrylics are staggered and filled with white gravel in the middle, combined with the surrounding romantic flowers and dandelion lighting installation, creating a warm and cozy fairy tale world.
In the rear, the cluttered and narrow space in the Beer Garden has been well integrated. The brushed concrete ground combined with the small flower border and tree pool with beer bottle edge, which greatly expands the use of the space.
▼啤酒花园 The Beer Garden
▼地面细节和啤酒瓶收边的小花池 Floor details and a small pool with beer bottle edging
▼啤酒花园夜晚的烧烤派对 BBQ party in the Beer Garden
The wooden pavilion is an important space of the beer garden. Whether it’s the patchwork wooden strips behind, the freely adjustable bamboo curtain or the lighting arrangement with night atmosphere, people can feel the leisure, coziness ，romance and pleasure of the rural garden.
There is a long and narrow passage behind the Duckling Station, and the transformation here introduced the local specialty of wildfire rice. Meanwhile, the designer used honeycomb bricks to built a small bar with built-in light strips for outdoor relaxation, transforming the once boring and monotonous aisle into a functional and aesthetically pleasing promenade.
▼改造前后的长廊 The promenade before and after the renovation
▼从蜂窝砖透出的灯光 The light coming through the honeycomb bricks
Today, this place has grown from a single Duckling Station to a refreshing “Joy Commune”, which is not only an inclusive expansion of the plot, but also a process of reshaping its function and features. Now it has become dreamy, warm, vivid and interesting. As the image of Henggang Village, its growth and changes are always on the front line and being expected.
民宿后院的改建 The backyard of the reconstructed B&B
The backyard of the B&B was originally composed of the Galaxy Garden and the “La maison des papillons” (formerly the Luoyu Tingfeng Courtyard). In August 2018, these two successful design works were once a beautiful landscape in Henggang.
A few years later, the young design team came back here again for new renovations, creating a stylish backyard of the B&B by merging the two places, as well as reshaped the B&B’s exclusive courtyard space by creating a sense of quality and ambiance，making it viewable, usable and shareable.
▼改造前后的民宿小院 Before and after the reconstruction of the B&B courtyard
The whole courtyard not only looks new in appearance, but also contains a philosophy of continuation and development. The courtyard continues the concept of “stargazing” and retains the century-old elm trees in the courtyard. The overall style of Galaxy Garden tends to be minimalist. Designers have removed the old stargazing device and made a galaxy corridor instead, with the intention of leaving the infrequent stars in the courtyard. The design follows the original bamboo elements in the site, and the corridor hung with bamboo tube lights in five neat rows, which lit up at night and dotted with stars. The parametric design makes the overall appearance a smooth sense of curves, and from a distance, it seems like a galaxy falling into the world.
The green lawn, relaxing wooden platform and flower border in the courtyard are designed in the form of 45-degree angle line. Guests can enjoy a unique romance by viewing the Galaxy corridor on the platform. The exterior white walls have a corresponding wooden grille, which create a contrast between void and solid. When twilight falls, the wall washer light and the inner courtyard lamp belt light up, and the facade looks more concise and pure. The floor is paved with white gravel, which makes the whole space present a high quality sense.
The public area is linked with the Butterfly Courtyard (formerly the Luoyu Tingfeng Courtyard) to become a children’s activity area, creating an open activity atmosphere. Designers combined the topography with flexible curves to outline a playground, which looks as if drawing boards and spilled pigments are spreading across the site. The core area is designed with unpowered play platforms with trampolines, camping tents and so on, where children can play and enjoy themselves，and parents have space to take care of them.
▼儿童活动区 Children’s Activity area
The exterior wall of the Butterfly Courtyard (formerly the Luoyu Tingfeng Courtyard) is treated with the same materials and forms as Galaxy Garden, while the interior courtyard retains its own characteristics. Considering that there are many parent-child suites in the Courtyard, the designer pays attention to strengthening the indoor-outdoor connections, to create an artistic courtyard that can meet the needs of parent-child interaction while retain a certain sense of privacy.
At the junction of the inner and outer courtyard, a new white wall divides the two spaces, creating a semi-private place to enhance the living experience. In response to the current situation that the internal space of the B&B is narrow and there is no living room, a reception platform is correspondingly added outdoors to form a linkage between the indoor and outdoor rest space.
The transformed inner courtyard is beautiful in artistic conception, comfortable and pleasant. In the construction of the flower border，Gramineae plants with a certain height are specially selected to extend the landscape of the outer courtyard, so that the inner and outer spaces can maintain a certain continuity, harmony and beauty. One of the walls is hung with an interactive “landscape photo wall”composed of wooden picture frames and a small area of mirrored stainless steel, which is both beautiful and interesting, thus creating a small ” internet celebrity point” worthy of tourists punching in and taking photos.
▼不锈钢和原木画框构成景观互动墙 Stainless steel and log picture frames form an interactive landscape wall
▼唯美的内院 Beautiful inner courtyard
The B&B courtyard is a special place in Henggang village, which is the place needs to meet people’s wishes most. Nowadays, the backyard of the B&B is no longer deserted, the reconstructed space is both public and private, and the space is expanded after integration, giving the two small yards more connectivity and unity. Now, whether it’s looking for butterflies in the morning or sleeping with the starry river at night, warmth and beauty are always there.
棠悦花园的诞生 The Birth of Tangyue Garden
Tangyue Garden, which is the second phase of Monet Garden. Based on the good ecological foundation and landscape status of the site, the designers took Landscape micro-intervention, Neo-naturalism and Modular design as design strategies, and make long-term consideration from the operation point of view, integrating various functions such as rest lawn, flower border tour and forest exploration to create a natural, exquisite, beautiful and romantic garden.
▼改造前后的花园 Garden before and after renovation
At the entrance, the original wooden flat bridge is changed into a steel arch bridge, and the gorgeous plants were cleverly used for matching to create a quiet and elegant artistic atmosphere in Tongyue Garden. The design team also optimized the function of the scattered independent spaces combined with roads to form a sunny lawn area where people can hold exhibitions, parties or recreation. At the same time, the designers built a natural and rustic meadow flower stand by using the materials around the site, giving people a dreamy feeling of being in the flowers.
▼入口处的钢结构拱桥 Steel arch bridge at entrance
▼阳光草坪 Sun lawn
▼草地花架 The grass flower
The construction of the flower border is one of the highlights of Tangyue Garden. The designer start with structure and color, takes evergreen conifers and colorful shrubs as the stable structure, while the ornamental grasses and perennial plants dotted among them, showing different height level changes in different seasons. In terms of colors, it is reflected by the leaves and flowers of different plants in different seasons, such as the orange flowers of Phlomis fruticosa, the white flowers of Myrtenaster, and the purple flowers of hemp Eupatorium, etc. Thus makes the flower border rich in levels and changes.
▼花镜营造 Convex glass to build
Considering the future operational needs, the designer has set up platforms and tents under the forest, so that people could stay and have an intimate dialogue with nature. The design team also considered the needs of various under-forest space activities, such as family self-driving tours, team building activities, and holding small music festivals, sketch show and photography festivals. It is a wonderland worth roaming alone and a garden worth relaxing and gathering.
From the beginning up to now, this garden’s pursuit of dream and romance has never changed. Shuttling through the forest full of flowers, everything is desirable. Although it is located in a remote place, it has turned wilderness into a wonderland after being infused with fresh blood of inspiration and art, and it has eventually grown into a landmark resort of Henggang and become a secret land.
The construction of Henggang has never stopped, the renovation and new construction over the years have promoted the perfect development and renewed growth of this beautiful countryside. It is becoming mature and constantly giving surprises to old friends and new visitors. The design here is always based on rural sentiment and artistic inspiration as innovation, each designer is trying to improve the quality of rural life and maintain the bond between nature and humanity.
▼可食花园 Edible garden
If every grass, tree, brick and stone here has memories, they will remember the changes of Henggang Art Village from scratch. Rural construction is still going on, the young designers are still growing, the village is still being renewed, and everything is keeping pace with the times, and keeps growing.
悦公社&啤酒花园π鸭破壳啦工作室：（导师吴寿望 成员：郭世福、薛钦匀、邓遥、李伯森、赵宁、赵慧、云赫、陈霄、田晓玉、罗莎、林童、牛蕊、李菲尔、孙思杰、 杨诗成、赵瑞娇、董林玉、马紫坤、韦玉桃、王艺、钱倩媛、黄乐睿、潘瑶、陈敬美、于晓杰）
摄影师：林涛 韦立伟 上官静煊 卢团位
Project Name: Core Reception Area of Henggang Joy Commune, Wuzhen
Year of project completion: September 2021
Mentor Team: Dai Hejun, Gao Zhongxi, Yan Wenlang, Wu Shouwang, Chen Xingzhu, Li Shuyun, Xiao Quji (The perations mentor)
Design Team: Zhuxing Courtyard: Three Under Five Studio (Mentor: Dai Hejun) Members: Liu Shuang, Zhang Han, Bai Xi, Zhao Xianing, Huang Bingyi, Fu Jingwen, Ou Jingwen, Mo Di, Dai Yiting, Liu Yuehan, Zhou Cong, Chen Zihao, Zhou Ziqi, Li Fangze, Wang Qianyu, Zhang Yue, Song Shuang, Gao Xuemei, Li Yilin, Ma Yifei, Ren Zhen, Pei Haocheng, Tang Yun, Liu Yaolin)
Midie Courtyard: Er Er Qi Qi Studio（Mentor: Gao Zhongxi，Yan Wenlang）Members: Cai Junyi, Chen Liqiong, Chen Xin, Chi Zhikun, Du Chaojun, Geng Teng, Li Yinggang, Sun Peiyuan, Wang Ruoqiang, Wang Zhenhuan, Yang Qingxia, Yang Tingting, Yuan Jinrui, Chen Bo, Ding Chuanxin, Guan Jingjing, Li Lanke, Lian Meikun, Lou Jiaxin, Wan Yuehe, Wang Lidong, Wu Shuwei, Yang Jiaxuan, Zang Gu Yuxin, Zhan Qiong
Joy Commune & Beer Garden: π Duck Breaking the Shell Workshop (Mentor: Wu Shouwang) Members: Guo Shifu, Xue Qinyun, Deng Yao, Li Bosen, Zhao Ning, Zhao Hui, Yun He, Chen Xiao, Tian Xiaoyu, Luo Sha, Lin Tong, Niu Rui, Li feier, Sun Sijie, Yang Shicheng, Zhao Ruijiao, Dong Linyu, Ma Zikun, Wei Yutao, Wang Yi, Qian Qianyuan, Huang Lerui, Pan Yao, Chen Jingmei, Yu Xiaojie)
Tangyue Garden: Forever Young Studio (Mentor: Chen Xingzhu) Members: Sun Zhiqian, Liu Xintong, Fu Rongwei, Sun Qi, Chen Shiwei, Yang Yian, Liang Yefen, Ren Zhiyang, Chen Xiaowan, Wang Ziqi, Huo Shichun, Wang Jiaqi, Yang Siqi, Yan Hui, Lu Jingxin, Ma Qianru, Su Chunting, Liu Man, Liu Zhao, Dong Xianghan, Li Pinpin, Zhang Shan, Yi Sicen)
Edible Garden: R.D.VI & Yi Qi Yi Hui Workshop (Mentor: Li Shu Yun) Members: Wei Xiaofei, Wang Siyu, Wang Hanqing, Qu Chenchen, Li Junyi, Zeng Tianyue, Li Fang, Wu Yulong, Chen Xinyi, Liu Quanfeng, Zhu Geuge, Lu Yunxuan, Zhang Lei, Qiu Shujie, Lu Yao, Li Xiaochun, Liang Xin, Gao Yan, Wang Wenting, Luo Xinyu, Yu Peng, Fan Xiaoxia, Liu Xiaomeng)
Constructor: Shen Jianchu
Training Team: L&A School of Design and Management (Huang He, Zhang Yan, Wang Tingting, Shen Qi, Xu Hao)
Project Location: Henggang Village, Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Photographer: Lin Tao, Wei Liwei, Shangguan Jingxuan, Lu Tuanwei
Partner: Henggang International Art Village
审稿编辑：任廷会 -Ashley Jen
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