Cubes III, Zhejiang, China by Atelier LAI

Strong human creation intervenes in the natural environment

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Mend the hill and set up cubes


The site is located at the foot of a bamboo covered hill. Before the design intervention, the owner has dug out a mountain foot, leveled out a site for building houses, and made enclosure with rock retaining wall.

▼建筑外观,external view of the project ©唐徐国


“Mending the hill”- is the first reaction to see such a incomplete hillside. However, mending the hill is not only to mend the excavated foot of the hill, but also to build a new hill to put the human body in, so as to achieve the motivation of building.

▼鸟瞰图,项目位于山脚,aerial view of the project located at the mountain foot ©唐徐国


The hill mending unit adopts the most easy to operate construction unit at present – space volume. Each volume represents a use scene, bedroom, living room, dining room, coffee, entertainment, which are all stacked together. The size and proportion of the volume are directly determined by the function. Stacking produces terrace, overhead and overhanging, and each space has different ways of opening inside and outside.

▼轴测图,不同单元堆叠出的建筑,axonometric, building created by stacking units ©来建筑


Water condenses into rivers


▼建筑外观,堆叠的体量如石块咬合在一起,external view of the building, stacking volumes like stones ©廖启贤

The stacking space volume is like placing stones. The upturned parapet in modern architecture indicates the image of a “container”. Roof drainage is an important technical problem in the construction system, which is usually concealed by the structural design. In the Cubes III, the downpipe is intentionally exposed as an image of the water way flowing down the river. Silver waterways, hanging on the wall, fall layer by layer, adding a vertical momentum to the horizontally expanded space container. Form a kind of imagination that “water overflows when it is full”.

▼建筑外观,一侧为游泳池,external view of the building with a swimming pool on one side ©唐徐国

▼银色水管挂在立面上,silver-colored pipes hanging outside the facade ©上:唐徐国,下:唐铭

▼水管和立面细部,closer view to the pipes and the facade ©唐铭


Cubes III is a “commercial” place for people to live in for a short time. Its space is limited by the use scene, and many factors are taken into account in form operation and scale control. Finally, we choose a kind of modern formal operation language to let a . This is an attempt of “Atelier Lai” from the imagination of “picturesque objects” to the actual construction.

▼休息区,lounge ©唐徐国

▼客房,guest room ©唐徐国

▼楼梯,stair ©唐徐国

▼总平面图,site plan ©来建筑

▼一层平面图,first floor plan ©来建筑

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©来建筑

▼三层平面图,third floor plan ©来建筑

▼立面图,elevations ©来建筑

▼剖面图,sections ©来建筑

用地面积:300 m²
建筑面积:811 m²

Client: Yisuo Design Boutique Hostel Mount Mogan
Architects: Atelier LAI
Topology: B&B
Location: Nanwu, Wuxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
Architect in charge: Keyuan Ma
Structural Engineer: Wei Wang
Design Team: Jiachen Xie, Mengting Zhang, Yun Chen, Jing Zhang
Photographs: Xuguo Tang, Qixian Liao, Ming Tang
Structural System: reinforced concrete frame
Site Area: 300m²
Floor Area: 811m²
Design Period: 2016.01-2016.12
Construction Period: 2015.6-2016.12

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