The first time the designer met the owner was at a music carnival, and they met again at the studio of artist Shen Kelong. There, they watched the lacquer works together, and also talked about life and space, and then climbed the mountain to see the house. Later, their plan of building a mountain residence was suspended, but their predestined relationship began there. They went out together during the holidays to visit furniture buyer stores, complex spaces, exhibitions, and chat. These companionships and exchanges have brought more depth to the designer. As for the owner, what she desires in her inner world has also been sorted out in the process, gradually becoming clearer, and soon they found a comfortable place in the city.
▼空间概览，overall view of the space ©偏方摄影
As a female entrepreneur, she has accumulated a lot in her career. Over the years, she began to focus more on her inner cultivation, and she was also consciously or unintentionally looking for another space between her career and her family.Build a house to calm the body and mind, but also to pass on a sense of stability and strength to family members, employees and customers, and also connect people through a field.
▼安定身心的空间，space to calm the body and mind ©偏方摄影
The original apartment layout is two sets of connected commercial and residential lofts. In the impression of the designer in the first visit, it is a four-to-five-meter-high rectangular concrete box, which is different from the spatial structure of ordinary houses. On the east and north sides, the floor-to-ceiling windows make a quite open overall space. Taking a closer look, the window structure is complicated, and there are many obstacles in the entry area, such as half-height platforms, fire pipes, sewage pipes, and two huge smoke wells.
The designer reorganized the relationship between people and space. In terms of space organization, she fully respected and optimized the structural characteristics of the original building, retained the two-way landing view, and focused on the real status of the owner in use. In this way, the living functions was simplified, the original structural barriers were dissolved, the living areas were connected in an organic connection, forming an independent circulation at the periphery of the central leisure area.
▼空间概览，保留双向落地景观，overall view of the space, remaining the two-way large window ©偏方摄影
▼休闲空间外围的独立动线，independent circulation at the periphery of the central leisure area ©偏方摄影
window creating connection between the living area and the kitchen ©偏方摄影
Buddha statue at a corner of the living area ©偏方摄影
The choice and use of household items is also the choice of different lifestyles. When coming home late, the owner usually turns on the floor lamp that has been with her for years. Under the gentle light, leaning on the sand-colored sofa of B&B, they can relieve the fatigue of the day. Every morning, she often starts from the U+ meditation chair, and gather with friends for lunch. Three or five persons sit around the table, with a comfortable scale. On the day off, she can simply free up the space and organize a special family singing meeting. The singing bowl sounded, and what she experienced is the power of tranquility, a clear and clean space, allowing everyone to embrace and learn their inner world.
▼沙发与茶桌，sofa and the tea table ©偏方摄影
The expression of space texture also adheres to the simple but attentive idea. The natural teak wood is warm and pleasant, and the sandalwood powder in the large area of hand-painted paint comes from the wood chips that fall naturally when carving Buddha statues, giving the space a clean and fragrant fragrance. Accompanied by the distant mountain scenery and the light and shadow of day and night, being in it, with dissolved boundaries dissolve, it brings people the silent resonance of eyes, ears, nose, touch, and mind. The curved wall softens the overall space, while also ensuring structure and three-dimensionality.
▼圆形餐桌，round dining table ©偏方摄影
The kitchen is an important existence in the owner’s mind. It is placed in the middle of the living area. The designer uses an arc wall and two sliding doors to cleverly place the kitchen in the moving line, which can be opened and closed. When cooking, the owner can chat with relatives and friends outside the window, or close the doors and windows, and complete delicious food in a separate and closed kitchen. It will not delay the quiet sense of space through the glass window, and enjoy the right skylight and distant view. It exists like an independent cabin in a large space. When night falls, the lights turn on, making people feel warm and bringing a firework atmosphere to this resting place.
A piece of bluestone is chosen for the entrance of the corridor. The soft edge is produced by the rainwater flushing. It is the first step brought by a sense of solidity and volume, and becomes the progressive annotation of the public to private space. Inside the corridor, the gentle top design dissolves the sense of boundaries. The foot lamp is similar to the candlelight illumination hidden in the wall hole. The separation from the public area is realized in a simple and primitive way, and it also prepares the emotional atmosphere for entering the bedroom space.
▼楼梯间入口，entrance to the staircase ©偏方摄影
Stairs connects the first and second floors. In a restrained space, the entrances and exits have different shapes of openings, bringing the perception of space transformation and the flow of breath. On winter afternoons, the owner likes to sit at the tea table. During the tea time, she can watch the warm sunshine, reflecting the streamer shadows in the subtle sense of space formed by the wall and the hole. In those moments, the heart is also illuminated with warmth.
A small wood-fired Buddha statue art work of the owner is placed in the corner area on the second floor. When walking up, from looking up to the line of sight is gradually level with the Buddha statue. It may be a problem to see the Buddha or to look at oneself.
Buddha statue placed in the corner area ©偏方摄影
The rest space is located in the south without windows on the second floor. The design solves the limitation of floor height and ensures the lighting, vision and ventilation. When reading, you can look down on the river. When resting, you can draw the curtains, and it looks like a simple attic hut. The just right height ratio brings people stability and timelessness.
leisure area in the bedroom ©偏方摄影
▼卧室细部，details of the bedroom ©偏方摄影
After moving in, more life experiences happen here. The owner feels more and more that this is a space for her to “know to stop”. Although the design has abundant storage space, she will not easily bring back more objects. Even if the calligraphy and paintings collected are her favorite, she will think over and over again. Perhaps the relationship between people and space is like this. The process of building a space is also a self-organization. When we enter a space, we allow it to shape our body and mind.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©大成设计
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©大成设计
Project Name: Fuzhou Riverside Private Residence
Design Company: DCD Dacheng Design
Design Director: You Jia
Project Location: Fuzhou, Fujian
Project Area: 145㎡
Construction Company: Jingjiangmen Decoration
Project Photography: Pianfang Photography