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genarchitects：Yitingting Cottage is located in Tonglu, Zhejiang. Started in 2019, this building functions as an individual drawing room and a dining room for a rural complex. Originally on the site was a two-story folk house made of rammed earth. According to the site conditions, the newly-built cannot go beyond the original footprint and height. That means the new building can only be the size of a normal living room. Blocked on all sides, it has little access to scenery, with not too much design potential. Given such a small space, what else can we think of? Village style? Structural expression? Façade mannerism? Furniture selection? It took us some time to realize that it is the wall of the courtyard that is the real boundary of our feelings. We do not merely make the room facing the courtyard, but tried to bring the garden inside as part of the drawing room.
▽外庭院景象 outer garden
At the ground floor, the building itself is weakened; all things were treated as equal elements: staircase, washroom, dumbwaiter, basin, furniture, plants, soil … and even the flooring and doors. We studied the placement of these components and made them scattered while holistic. It was a piecemeal feeling. Sliding doors at the front can be all opened, leaving only screen layer whenever needed. Due to the limited width of the screen production (i.e. the production size of screen is smaller than the glazing), two screens were combined with a slightly curved reed like metal bar as the partition.
▽一层会客厅入口 entrance on the first floor
▽一层会客厅看向内庭院 looking to the inner garden from the drawing room on the first floor
▽一层会客厅局部 detail of the drawing room on the first floor
▽一层会客厅入口及楼梯 entrance on the first floor and stairs leading to the second floor
▽一层会客厅看向竹林 looking to the bamboo groove from the drawing room on the first floor
▽夜晚的一层会客厅 first floor interior in the evening
Stepping up to the second floor, people are immediately hugged by an identified form in dim light. When dining, only the table itself is illuminated. A portion of the bamboo grove was cropped out by the window frame, with no beginning or end, taking on an abstract look.
▽二层餐厅面对竹林 dining room on the second floor facing a bamboo groove
▽二层阳台 balcony on the second floor
The structure of the second floor is lantern like. These secondary structure of battens are circled and fixed on the central wooden keels. The keels are then fastened onto the concrete structure at top and bottom. insulation material and sound-absorbing cotton is installed in the middle.
On the ground level, there are two courtyards, outer one & inner one. The outer bright one contains a twisted route with saturated plants towards the gate of the cottage. The inner shadowy one is a tranquil place at the back. The lounge is surrounded by plants, which are controlled with similar sizes together with other architecture objects. These all, in the ground floor, become a uniformed entity.
▽内庭院一角 a corner of inner garden
It is our intention to create two distinct atmospheres in the building, which probably stems from a paranoid image – At the end of a secluded courtyard, there is a “one-story building”, and people outside cannot see what is happening inside the fence. Although this building stands tall, it does not gaze around.
▽场地平面图 site plan
▽庭院植栽配置 garden vegetation
▽一层平面图 first floor plan
▽二层平面图 second floor plan
▽场地剖面图 site section
▽构造剖面图 sectional detail
结构顾问：张准 / 和作结构建筑研究所
涂料：OIKOS / 上海蕴澄
Project name: Yitingting Cottage
Year completed: 2019
Project area: 98 square meters
Project Location: Tonglu, Zhejiang Province
Design company: genarchitects
Company website: www.genarchitects.cn
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Lead Architects: Xue Zhe, Fan Beilei, Kong Rui
Project leaders: Xian Haohui, Wang Shiyu
Structural Consultant: ZHANG Jun/He Zuo Institute of Structural Architecture
Construction team: Plain building
Door and window System: Shanghai Rilang Doors and Windows
Paint: OIKOS/Shanghai Yuncheng
Custom furniture: body work
Category: New, Hotel & Leisure
Function: Reception room and dining room
Owner: Shanghai Fengyuzhu Culture & Technology Co., LTD
Site area: 430 square meters
Construction area: 98 square meters
Design time: 2018.05-2019.01
Construction time: 2018.11-2019.12
Completion time: 2019.12
Photographyer: Chen Hao, genarchitects
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