Wutopia Lab finished a house with a black courtyard called the hiding house.
▼项目外观，external view of the project ©CreatAR Images
2020年7月, 这个历经六年波折的闹市小宅院终于宣告落成。它是小博物馆，图书馆，showroom，可以做会所，也是家，更是业主送给自己妻女的礼物。虽然业主本身也是建筑师，但依然逃脱不了摇摆不定。从最初的会所或者微型美术馆，到自宅到最后展示藏品社交会友和居住兼顾的一米藏。这个变化的过程是其生活和定位变化的过程。所以设计师一开始就为项目设定了一个基本框架不变而可以灵活调整局部的建筑学剧本。 设计师用一道连续的界面把建筑分成两部分。界面前的生活空间和界面后的服务空间。
It cost six years to finish the project. It was a small museum, a library, a showroom, a clubhouse, or a home. The variation implied a change in life. Thus, designers set out a basic architecture frame with multiple possibilities. A continues surface divided the house into two: living space and service space.
▼鸟瞰，建筑被分成两部分，aerial view, the building is divided into two parts ©CreatAR Images
At the Southside of the continuous surface, there were a living room serving as an exhibition room and library, a canteen, a master bedroom, a tea room, a courtyard serving as garden and stage. At the other side was the kitchen, toilet, equipment room and a girl’s room for exhibition purpose. Mezzanine space was designed for services, storage space and living space.
▼分解轴测图，exploded axonometric ©Wutopia Lab
整整74个月。业主说他一开始并不知道想要一个什么样的房子，但有一点很明确是要展现生活里那种闪光的戏剧性，但又不能浮夸。双方都在倾听对方的意见并阐述自己的理由然后以作品完整性作为最后评价标准作为各自退让或者调整的依据。这就是建筑师为建筑师设计hiding house 的故事。被覆盖的文本仿佛考古般恢复了原貌的特征。米得之于屋主女儿小名中的一个字。作为隐喻的符号镶嵌在庭院大门和建筑物勒脚上，也是建筑物历史和回忆的记录。
For 74 months, the client did not know what he wanted. But he was certain that he wanted to present the dramatic experience of life without exaggerating it. Both parties are listening to each other’s opinions and explaining their reasons, and then use the completeness of the work as the final evaluation criterion as the basis for their respective concessions or adjustments. It was the story when an architect designed another architect’s house. The building was a record of history and memory.
▼庭院大门，镶嵌米字符号，gate with a pattern indicating the character mi ©CreatAR Images
▼整体外观，庭院被分成两部分，overall view of the project, the courtyard is divided into two parts ©CreatAR Images
Black was a perfect colour to emphasize green trees and the white House. The black volcanic rock along with Taihu stones, wisteria and bauhinia formed a micro Chinese Garden.
▼黑色中式花园，a micro Chinese Garden in black tone ©CreatAR Images
When actor travelled from the gate to the courtyard while light casted to the ground, a tremendous scene was created in the black courtyard. The beauty of this short moment was like an illusion , but at that moment, it was eternal. This was the true concept that the designer wanted to express.
▼圆形壁龛倒映在地面镜面上，如镜花水月，the round niche is reflected on the mirrored flooring, like moon reflected on the water ©CreatAR Images
Stacking stones were a hard work for both architects and workers. Taihu stone could appear differently due to its position to other stones. Thus, adjustment and replacement of those stones happened after observed and judged form different angles. The process was full of surprises and the 20 square metres site cost 6 hours to built.
▼花园中的堆石，stacking stones in the garden ©CreatAR Images
Whirlpool drain was introduced in order to match those Taihu stones.
▼排水孔，dainage ©CreatAR Images
The curtain in the courtyard can be released and retracted from bottom to the top in order to maintain the space integrity. The idea was simple but hard to achieve. For example, the connection between the curtain and the building, water proof and drainage should be considered. But when the blurry scene was presented while the curtain divide the courtyard into a stage and a garden, I realized that it was worth it.
▼从舞台看向花园，view to the garden from the stage ©CreatAR Images
▼舞台空间，由帷幕覆盖，与建筑室内相连，outdoor stage covered by curtains, connecting to the interior space ©CreatAR Images
▼透过帷幕看到朦胧的空间，blurred space viewed through the curtain ©CreatAR Images
The architect designed the pattern of the perforated plate using the wisteria flower as a template. In order to prevent the water pipe from interrupting the continuous black line of the eaves, the water pipe has a zigzag shape to allow the black line to pass through.
▼帷幕细部，依据紫藤花设计穿孔板的花纹，details of the curtain inspired by the wisteria flower ©CreatAR Images
Also, a support was added to the middle section of the neem tree and its form was based on Dali’s painting. The variation of façade elements of the tea room, however, were heavily influenced by designer’s happy mood.
▼楝树中段加以支撑，adding a support to the middle of the neem tree ©CreatAR Images
▼楝树及支撑细部，details of the reem tree and the support ©CreatAR Images
▼茶室立面富有肌理变化的木百叶，facade of the tea room composed of varying wooden blades ©CreatAR Images
▼通向茶室屋顶平台的楼梯，stair connecting to the roof terrace of the tea room ©CreatAR Images
There should not be any columns in the corner of the tea room. The continuous glass window required a 4-metres cantilever structure. Staircases towards the mezzanine space should also be thin and cantilevered from the thin wall. All equipment should be hidden and cost as least space as possible. Glass window, on the other hand, should be as big as possible in order to keep the beautiful view. All of the non-standard designs cannot be achieved without the support of our design team.
▼茶室转角玻璃开放，the glass window of the tea room is continuous at the turning corner
▼茶室室内，可以欣赏庭院景观，interior of the tea room with view to the courtyard ©CreatAR Images
▼屋顶平台，roof terrace ©CreatAR Images
▼从屋顶平台看向建筑和庭院，view to the building and the courtyard from the rood terrace ©CreatAR Images
The abandoned fireplace and gate became a silent record of history in this project. A continuous metal line travelled through bookshelves and walls, sevring as zero height marks in the hiding house. The red paint was stripped from the gate and led the teak texture being revealed.
▼入户门，entrance door ©CreatAR Images
▼大门细部，details of the door ©CreatAR Images
▼入口玄关，金属线标出层高，foyer, metal line on the wall indicating the height of the space ©CreatAR Images
The living room, also a library, was ritualistic and connected to the views through the window. The black bookshelves exhibited clients’ collection but limited living room’s direction. Elevator connected vertical transportation from the living room to the mezzanine space.
▼图书室式的起居室，living room is also a library ©CreatAR Images
▼书架与壁炉，book shelves and the fireplace ©CreatAR Images
▼通过升降梯可以进入夹层空间，people could enter the mezzanine by an elevator ©CreatAR Images
The mezzanine space belongs to the male client. The dark private space was connected to the living room, bedroom and the hallway through a window. The peeking experience related back to the designer’s experience to the John Soane Museum. The girl’s room, on the other hand, was a silvering blue ‘galaxy’. Each ‘star’ was a customized exhibition shelf made of clear acrylic. This was a miniature version of the bubble installation in Anaya Children’s Restaurant.
▼夹层空间，可以通过窗户看到起居室，mezzanine with windows towards the living room ©CreatAR Images
▼闺蜜室，闪闪发亮的蓝色宇宙，the girl’s room, a silvering blue ‘galaxy’ ©CreatAR Images
▼泡泡装置细部，details of the bubble installation ©CreatAR Images
Anyone’s scrutiny, observation and cognition of a place were permeated with social concepts, but a few people would notice that weather and light could symbolize the human emotions which projected to the place. Such social concepts created places as contexts and continued to rewrite places in form. In the hiding house, the boundaries between private and public is blurred. From the perspective of events, real and fictitious, public and private were intertwined into contexts at different scales. And the place as a context was not restricted to a fixed place or event, or even time was displaced or rewritten. It would not draw a closure but continued to develop in order to update the hiding house.
▼餐厅和会议室，与室外木制平台相连，dining and conference room connected with the outdoor wooden deck ©CreatAR Images
▼主卧，楼梯连接二层私人空间，master’s bedroom with stairs connecting to the private room on the second floor ©CreatAR Images
▼二层私密空间，private room on the second floor ©CreatAR Images
▼夹层与私人空间之间的缝隙，gap between the mezzanine and the private room ©CreatAR Images
The hiding house served as a place, and it was a place with personal identity that can be real, fictitious, or intertwined. It was a complex context with possibility, hypothesis and fantasy. In other word, a place with possible events. It existed in space, permeated with different social concepts, forming a scape of appearance or culture, and some would cause strong physiological and emotional reactions, awakening body consciousness, and the material and symbolic value of the place could create spirits in different levels.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼屋顶平面图，roof plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼立面图，elevations ©Wutopia Lab
▼剖面图，section ©Wutopia Lab
Project name:The hiding house
Design team: Wutopia Lab & SUNYAT
Chief Architect: Yu Ting
Proposal design team: Wutopia Lab
Project Architect: Li Zongze, Mu Zhilin
Designer: Pan Dali ,etc.
Proposal development team: Shanghai Sunyat Architecture Design Co., Ltd.
Main designers: Zhu Yumei, Hu Wenxiao, Yu Bing, Zhou Yixiang, Wang Can, Jiang Hong, Mao Yaqian, Xu Weidong, etc.
Project Manager and General Coordinator: Zhang Hao
Lighting Consultant: Chloe ZHANG
Home Consultant: Wang Fang
Photography: CreatAR Images
Person in charge of construction: Chen Yuwen
Location: Shanghai, China
Area: construction area of 139 square meters, courtyard area of 105 square meters
Material: volcanic rock, Taihu stone, perforated aluminum plate, glass, steel plate, diatom mud, wood, white cement