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WH Studio : Located in Xiaoshan Xianghu Resort, the ‘Tree House’ belongs to the hotel district of Senbo Resort Hangzhou.
▽阳光下的树屋，Tree House in the sun
1. 巢居 Nest Residence
The tree house may originate from the desire to return to the ‘nest residence’. According to the ‘Han Feizi’ record, ‘In the ancient times, there were few people but many beasts. The people were under the threat of beasts. There was a sage who made nests of woods to avoid harm.’ The primitive nest residence later became a metaphor for retreating from the world. The Ming dynasty gardener Ji Cheng wrote in ‘Yuan Ye’, ‘Living in city can also be a kind of seclusion, and it is even better than the nest residence.’
After getting the proposition of ‘tree house’ and taking careful consideration, we gradually clarified the concept: it is not the solitary living but the state of gregariousness on the tree that can strengthen the characteristics of nesting the most, – ‘A group of cabins landing on the branches’ emerged as the initial image.
▽山野间的树屋，Tree House in the valley
▽树屋外观，appearance of Tree House
2. 几何与自然之间 Between Geometry and Nature
The design of stacking abstract volumes of residential prototype has precedents in Europe and Japan, but most are more inclined to geometrical manipulation and often limited to the internal experience. Based on the commercial character of this project and the mountain environment, we focused on the balance between abstraction and image, indoor and outdoor, geometry and nature.
Therefore, the manner of “duality and balance” are implemented through all aspects of design. The simulated dead tree trunk directly evokes the image of nesting in nature, but avoids over-realism with lush foliage. The single sloping roof basically has no eaves and maintains simple geometric features. Each cabin has a balcony, the original facade also echoes the verdant surrounding forest. These volumes are nestled with natural trees, and the interspersed relationship of the shapes retains a certain artificial state.
▽树屋单体鸟瞰，bird’s-eye view of single Tree House
▽树屋近景，close view of Tree House
3. 三种元素的交织：径、台、屋 The Interweaving of Three Elements: Path, Platform, House
The experience of the Tree House starts with “tree climbing”. We pay special attention to the outdoor path and experience-the zigzagging path is like “climbing”, outdoor terraces of different heights are like “tree branches” for little rest, and the house is equivalent to the “fruit” of the tree. The path has the experience of winding, light and shade changes, while the terrace is a comfortable outdoor activity space. Although each Tree House contains several artificial trees with structural functions, it is conceptually a “big tree” composed of three elements of “path-platform-house”.
▽路径与空间，pathway & space
▽路径细节，pathway detailed view
▽树屋平台，platform of Tree House
4. 童话 The Fairy Tales
Considering that the Tree House is popular among families and the youth, the six rooms adopt two shapes: double slope roof with concave balcony and cut corner four slope roof with convex balcony. The latter further strengthens the fairytale effect. In the original design, there is a slide from the platform to the ground to add fun. When the lights come on at night, it seems that the story of the “seven dwarfs” is about to begin.
▽树屋夜景，night view of Tree House
▽树屋室内，the Interior of Tree House
5. 未完成 Incomplete
Tree House was so popular that it became internet celebrity check-in point, and was even used in the opening title of Faye Wong’s new 2021 AD campaign. For designers, however, there are still many regrets. During the construction, the oversimplification of the single facade, the change of window shape, the discard of the wooden shingle, and so on, all make its effect eroded.
▽树屋施工过程，the construction process of Tree House
树屋的立意并不高深，它之所以吸引了各地慕名而来的游客，也许是因为它在抽象的同时仍然保持了贴近自然的形式，满足了人们返璞归真的心理需求。就像雷姆·库哈斯在《Content》一书中写的那句话，“How old what was modern looks. How fresh what is ancient”（现代是多么陈旧，原始是多么新鲜）。
The concept of the Tree House is not profound. it attracts tourists from all over the world, perhaps because it is abstract but still close to the nature, and meets the psychological needs of people to return to primitive imagination. As Rem Koolhaas wrote in Content, “How old what was modern looks. How fresh what is ancient.”
Project name: ‘Tree House ‘ the Senbo Resort Hangzhou
Year completed: 2019
Project area: 1,750 square meters
Project Location: Xianghu Resort in Hangzhou
Design Company: WH Architecture studio
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Company address: Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province
Chief Designer: Wang Hui
Design Team: WH Architecture studio
Client: Hangzhou New Century Sembo Resort
Construction drawing design unit: Hangzhou Wanzhang Planning and Architectural Design Co., LTD
Photographer: WH studio
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