序幕：窗之家——一幅展开的画卷之盒 | Prologue: House of windows-A box of unfolded scrolls
As a famous resort in the Yangtze River Delta, Moganshan is home to countless home stay hotels. How to design a “new” hotel is probably the same problem that all designers face. Just now, this is also the problem we have been thinking about. On the basis of meeting the needs of holiday comfort, whether a home stay hotel can keep some distance from the excessive desire for consumerism decoration, and more to return to the discussion of the relationship between architecture and the environment, may become the next “new” inspiration. In this context, we have explored the possibility of the most common and essential component of a building, the window. Through more than 30 different “windows” and the scenery and life inside and outside the window, we constructed a boxy building that returns to simple logic. The relationship between man and nature is connected through the behavior in front of the “window”. Thus a “house of windows” is born.
第一重：竹之窗 | Scene 1: Window of bamboo
▼白色的建筑仿佛漂浮在竹林之中，远远地被人看到，building seems to play a seek and hide game with the visitors
The location of the site made the process of entering the building longer, in which building seems to play a seek and hide game with the visitors. The white building seems to float in the bamboo forest and is seen far away when you are walking from the village square. And as you approach slowly, the building disappears and yet appears at certain angles. Then you need to take a quiet walkway upwards, where the bamboo on both sides hides the building behind. Only at the end of the walkway and the bamboo forest, the building will suddenly appear in front of your eyes. That is the Scene 1 of the design, also known as Window of bamboo.
▼竹林结束的地方，通过两扇竹门，建筑才豁然开朗地展现在人们面前，at the end of the walkway and the bamboo forest, the building will suddenly appear in front of your eyes
▼入口处建筑一瞥，entrance to the house
第二重：推拉之窗 | Scene 2: Window of unfolding
We placed the main building in the dug plain, as close as possible to the retaining wall, keeping a certain distance to the neighbors, leaving enough space for the frontcourt. Due to extremely harsh projection area calculation method, our architectural form is extremely simple and clear. The building is generally L-shaped, surrounding the large rock that can’t be dug up during the excavation of the base. The building is placed on a plinth and raised slightly to make people’s sights in the building avoid the troubled surrounding buildings. Above the plinth, there is a logistic space for the front desk, breakfast room and kitchen. The building adopts a large span in the middle and cantilevered on both sides, trying to reduce the supporting elements facing the landscape, so that the main building volume seems to float from the ground. Six sliding doors are used in the large span. When fully opened, the first floor seems to be part of the outdoor space, liberating the public space at the bottom, and forming a large opening towards the distant mountains, reflecting the traditional Chinese idiom of “open the door to see the mountain”. The entrance sets back to make an inviting gesture. Frameless floor-to-ceiling windows are set up to form an open leisure corner of the building.
▼入口形成内退的灰空间，暗示入口，the entrance sets back to make an inviting gesture
▼六扇推拉门完全打开，模糊了室内外的边界，six sliding doors are used in the large span and when fully opened, the first floor seems to be part of the outdoor space
▼开门见山，open the door to see the mountain
第三重：画卷之窗 | Scene 3: Window of unfolding
▼飘窗展开画卷，window of unfolding diagram
There are seven rooms of different sizes on the second and third floors, including standard rooms, mini tatami room and a suite. Bay windows are the main features which identify the rooms. The height of window sills is suitable for sitting, and the height of the bay windows is restricted consciously. When people enter the room, they just see a piece of green. Only when they walk to the window or lie down on the bed, the whole scroll of landscape is finally unfolded and shown in front of people’s eyes. In the middle room, the bay window forms a delicate viewfinder, filtering out the mess around, leaving only the distant mountains into the picture. In the corner room, we try to make the bay window horizontally extended, maximizing the introduction of the distant mountains and strengthening a non-daily experience.
▼飘窗尽量水平延展，最大化引入远山的景观，make the bay window horizontally extended, maximizing the introduction of the distant mountains
▼飘窗形成了精致的取景框，the bay window forms a delicate viewfinder
▼只有当人走到窗边或者躺到床上的时候，最完整的画卷才会完全展现在人们的眼前，when they walk to the window or lie down on the bed, the whole scroll of landscape is finally unfolded and shown in front of people’s eyes
▼飘窗外观，exterior view of the window
最后一重：向天空之窗 | The last scene: Window to the sky
As you step up, the space has gradually reached its climax. The roof terrace roof terrace is like a window facing the sky, providing a 360 degree panoramic view. The houses in the vicinity are all invisible, and the mountains are clear. It serves as a picnic or sports place during daytime. In the evening, it has become a popular place for gathering, camping and star-gazing.
▼屋顶露台，the roof terrace
▼出屋面的楼梯间，the stair goes up to the roof
尾声 | Epilogue
The nature of “Minsu”, or countryside home stay hotel is generally the sustenance of busy urbanites who escapes for a breath. In this sense, design of Minsu is often misled to imaginative picturesque images of Idyllic rural area. But must it be so? We do not intend to put a spacecraft in the country scene, but only consciously keep a distance from the imaginative “village building”, and make the building intermediary, where people meet the landscape in front of the windows, and get some non-daily experiences. This small building experienced nearly a year and a half from the beginning of design to the completion. It encountered various difficulties and left many regrets. But it is finally there, in the beautiful natural environment of Moganshan and the slightly crowded built environment, providing a place for people in the city to retreat and take a deep breath.
▼楼梯和走廊，the staircase and the corridor
▼剖透视图，section in perspective
Location: Yucun Village, Deqing, Zhejiang Province
Project type: Hospitality
Design period: 2018.5—2018.9
Construction period: 2018.9—2019.8
Principal Architect: Liu Minjie, Li Wenhan, Chang Ke
Design Team: Wang Keyi, Wang Hao, Zhu Xiaojun, Guo Jinger, Zhu JInwen
Photography: Wu Qingshan