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DEVOLUTION:This project is a three-entrance house along the street, located at No. 129-131 Cangqian Road, Cangshan District, Fuzhou. The original building was built by Zheng Zeming, the olive king of Fuzhou in the late Guangxu period(1875–1908) of the Qing Dynasty, the first Fuzhou native to develop a variety of olive products, and known as the “Olive Five”. Thus it is also named “The Olive Five House”.




Based on the memories of descendants of the Zheng family and the research on the architectural form, the building was constructed during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty and was completed later than the year 1900. Its functions and ownership rights were continuously divided and transferred during and after Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and socialist transformation of private housing in the 1950s, and the construction of Cangqian New Village in the special historical period of the 1970s. Decade by decade, it has witnessed the rise and fall of a family, a neighborhood, and even an era, and was withering away due to lack of maintenance. Thanks to the comprehensive renovation for Yantai Mountain area in recent years, its appearance has been revealed again.


▽原建筑立面 Original building elevation

▽现建筑立面 Current building elevation



Now its new client is a food brand that also originated in Fuzhou – “XUN”. Despite the fact that tremendous changes have occurred over the past century in the city’s food industry and processing technologies, and people’s eating habits and lifestyles, there is a subtle connection between “The Olive Five House” and this baking brand which focuses on sourdough fermentation and respects natural flavors.






Our design took on the mission of establishing the connection between the past and the present. Rather than re-building a consumption scene that conforms to modern aesthetics, our working consensus was to fully understand it, repair and restore it to its best condition, and then incorporate functional requirements, current materials, craftsmanship and design language. The brand gave full support on this.

When its skin was peeled off little by little, revealing the texture shared by the building and time, we also received positive feedback. We spent more effort on finding the original craftsmanship to repair it, and using modern technology to protect its authentic calmness and warmth, or using some new materials to help it exude its own temperament. Neither creaky wooden stairs nor walls without any straight lines were overcorrected. Looseness, both leisurely and not-so-natural, can also be seen as part of the building. Thin wires are introduced into the looseness to suppress it.

The brand told us later that the meaning of “XUN” is awe and respect. It is a mutual process, not domestication. This coincides with the design motivation.


▽以现代技术去保护它原有的沉静和温度感 Modern technology is used to protect its original calm and temperature



The other consensus we had was that we preferred it to be sufficiently open than a closed consumption space. You can find that the first entrance of this three-entrance house is fully exposed to the street. The entrance releases its progressive design, and large display windows bring people on the street in easily. Only a small number of products are displayed at the first entrance. People can walk into this century-old house to hang out, rest, and watch the traditional architectural structure. It is more like a space with public functions than a shop. However this “luxury” use of space can also stimulate curiosity for further exploration.


▽开放的临街橱窗,将人们轻松引入 The open storefront window brings people in easily



The space between the first and second floor and the one between the first and second entrance are connected by patios, sliding windows and connecting corridors. The originally small and closed wooden shophouse is opened. Wide window sills have become seating areas. The excessive height difference between the shophouse and the yard is absorbed by stepped seats. The entire outdoor area is connected, so people can sit down wherever they want. The big yard, which was originally used to dry olives, is now a rough natural landscape. We piled rocks, scattered gravel and sowed grass seeds. The next time when we were there, lush plants had emerged from the gravel, hiding a path among them. We want it to be different from chic gardens and exquisitely carved landscapes.


▽连通的一进至二进空间 Connected one-binary space

▽一二进连通廊 One – and two-way connecting corridor

▽原用于晾晒橄榄的大埕 A large yard originally used for drying olives



In terms of the use of furniture, outdoor furniture, like facade finishing, presents a certain sense of order. The indoor furniture is a mix of modern designer furniture, traditional courtyard stone tables, iron tables handmade by craftsmen and mid-century modern furniture from the 1970s and 1980s or European chairs with a sense of age. The warm and moist bricks, wood, ash walls and the history of this building are enough to accommodate a combination of different periods and styles.


▽风格统一的户外家具 Uniform style of outdoor furniture

▽具有年代感的室内家具 Interior furniture with a sense of age

▽诉说着历史记忆的细节保留 It speaks of the preservation of historical memory in detail



We are happy to see that this once glorious “The Olive Five House” has not been domesticated into a new, bounded consumption space. It continues its own temperature. After being wiped and polished, it reveals its original luster, and is reconnected with the current life.


▽一层平面 1F Plan

▽二层平面 2F Plan

▽建筑立面 Building elevation

▽建筑剖面 Building profile



项目名称 :驯 · 烘焙(烟台山)
业主:驯 · 烘焙
主材:乱纹不锈钢  泉州白石 老杉木 石灰涂料

Project: XUN BAKERY (Yantai Mountain)
Project Address: Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Lead Designer: Tang Jiansong, Wang Qi
Design Team: Huang Longtao, Lin Chenghui, Wang Erxuan, Zhang Yuhan, Kaki
Project Area: 1800㎡
Project Time: October 2023
Material: stainless steel, Quanzhou white stone, old fir, lime
Photographer: Zou Xunkai
Construction Team: EMCC
Landscape Engineering: Laobai
Lighting Design: ELA




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