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 KiKi ARCHi: Changping District is 30km to the north of Beijing, the scenery of which is completely different from that of an international city. KiKi ARCHi has completed a renovation project within 15 months there. Carrying the happy time of its owner’s childhood in the country, it seeks not the concrete object of memory, but the memory itself.


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▽项目鸟瞰 The project have a bird’s eye view of

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The bushy mountain and mirror-like lake provide a natural barrier to noise, which attracts the owners a lot. The original 1,300m² site contains a large courtyard and a 200m² European-style house. This sense of contradiction inspired the team to rethink.


▽自然荒野的住宅庭院 Residential courtyards in natural wilderness

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After site analysis and discussion, KiKi ARCHi decided to first re-establish the relationship between the house and the landform, which includes multiple dimensions such as the relationship between ‘terrain and building’, ‘architectural appearance and the surrounding environment’, ‘function and the living experience’.  Thus, the 8m height difference of the site was fully utilized, and the garden at the lower level was linked with the house at the higher level through the graceful landscape design, which creates a rich visual hierarchy and sets the tone of ‘freedom & nature’ for the whole project.


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On the premise of retaining the original architectural structure, the European facade decoration was completely stripped, replaced by simple geometric blocks and rustic northern red bricks. Without fussy eaves, tiles and window edges, the house returns to its original form, as if it were a sincere child, showing the appearance of simplicity and honesty.


▽质朴的红砖外立面 Rustic red brick facade

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At the east main entrance, the original front porch is hidden behind the hollow brick wall, which skillfully integrates the concept of screen wall and bricklaying technology to increase privacy and realize the semi-outdoor SPA function.


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The first floor is mainly for living, while the second floor is for private rest. With the minimalist design language, the irregular interspersion of function, structure and material makes the interior space more interesting. Wood, glass, concrete and other materials represent the mountain environment. The red brick elements echo the building.


▽内部空间 The internal space

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In order to create a relaxed living atmosphere, KiKi ARCHi used a large area of glass folding doors to enclose the existing verandas on the ground floor, which brings in plenty of sunlight, eliminates the boundary between inside and outside, and allows users to enjoy nature.


▽大面积玻璃折门 Large area glass folding door

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At the same time, the landscaped elements of the curved staircase in the garden are continued in the interior space. When the glass folding doors are fully opened, the distance between the dining room, living room, teahouse and the outdoors disappears, and people could gain greater mobility and peace in the space.


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The garden is permeated with a filed atmosphere. The flower rack at the entrance adopts the herringbone frame, echoing the roof form of the building. The vine becomes its skin, just like a ‘green shade installation’. Through the flower rack, an old persimmon tree stands in front of the door, which seemingly shows an interesting life after going through a kind of order.


▽荒野花园 The wild garden

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▽入口花架回廊 Entrance flower rack cloister

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On the north side of the house, there are a series of curved terraces downward, giving several playgrounds. The small viewing room and brick pavilion at the lower level, like two ‘floating islands’, are good places for chatting. In addition, the stone path on the outside connects the front and back yards, which presents an oriental romance.


▽北侧花园梯田露台 Terraced garden terrace to the north

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There is both openness and privacy in the landscape design. KiKi ARCHi wanted to use topography and vegetation to soften the edges of the building and add a wild, natural feeling.


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Therefore, an experienced plant design team, WILD – SCAPE, was invited to work together and focused on the perspective of environmental analysis, soil improvement, vegetative season, maintenance cost, and other multidimensional aspects.


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As a result, there are no distinct planting zones or boundaries in the garden. Miscanthus and Pennisetum are suitable for the northern climate, which creates a vast feeling. Hosta and Astilbe Chinensis sway at the corner, purple Gaura and Hydrangea bring elegant ornament… Every part of the courtyard is wonderful to watch.


▽被荒野花园包裹的住宅 A home wrapped in a wilderness garden

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▽施工过程 The construction process



Now, an ideal house is presented completely with sweet memories and hopes, and the home becomes a multi-dimensional space growing in the countryside. Here, everyone can relax deeply over time, as if in the wilderness, free, full of breathing, honest, and true.


▽总平面图 Plan

▽首层平面 Ground floor plan

▽二层平面 Second floor plan

▽北立面图 North elevation

▽东立面图 East elevation

▽南立面图 South elevation

▽西立面图 West elevation




设计周期:2020.11.01 – 2021.02.01.
施工周期:2021.02.01 – 2021.12.01
材料与品牌:微水泥-意大利Gobbetto高钡特 / 硅藻泥-四国化成 / 橱柜 – TJM日本全屋定制
摄影师:Eiichi Kano / PRphoto

Name: Anna Garden
Location: Beijing, China
Element: Residence
Design Firm: KiKi ARCHi
Director: Yoshihiko Seki
Design Team: Saika Akiyoshi, Tianping Wang
Plant Design: WILD – SCAPE
Site Area: 1000㎡
Building Area: 300㎡
Design Period: 2020.11.01 – 2021.02.01.
Construction Period: 2021.02.01 – 2021.12.01
Material & Brands: micro cement-Gobbetto / Diatom mud-Shikoku / Kitchen-TJM kitchenhouse
Photography Credit: Eiichi Kano / PRphoto



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