‘Intertwine House’ Beijing, China by Wonder Architects

The memory mosaic of the North China Countryside

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Introduction: The villages in North China have always been a vague group, but the memories and lives they carry are not worthless. How these containers of memories can survive in the rural renewal is a problem.

▼鸟瞰图,aerial view ©朱雨蒙

▼项目外观,Project appearance ©朱雨蒙

Cement, bricks, aluminum alloys and ceramic tiles constitute the typical building materials of the North China countryside ©朱雨蒙

▼雨后,湿漉漉的村间小道,Wet country trail after rain ©朱雨蒙




Houheilongmiao Village is located at the bottom of Haiying Mountain in Yanqing, Beijing, with green sorghum fields in summer and frozen water-filled woods in winter. It is full of the tranquility, soothing and bleak which are unique to the northern countryside. Here are cicadas, fog, red brick houses and the blue sky in late autumn. Abandoning the poetic imagination of classical painting, it is like a daily scene that is full of tension in contemporary realist oil painting.

▼从后黑龙庙村眺望盛夏的田野,Overlooking the fields in midsummer from Houheilongmiao Village ©朱雨蒙


“The end of history is the beginning of memory” (Aldo Rossi). This house built in the 1980s was originally used as a wedding room. Even if it has been ruined, it still exudes the happiness of that time, and then accepts long bits of wear and tear of years. The last part of the life history of the northern countryside ended with the urbanization process accompanied by new technology media. Young people entered the county or urban areas for employment, and their houses became vacant. As a result, the village update restarted as a guest house, waiting to be deconstructed.

The seemingly stable Heilongmiao Village has been in a state of self-renewal for two years. The materials of many houses have been replaced, but the structure and texture of the entire village ©朱雨蒙continue

The unused site is full of bleakness in winter, but it is full of memories of past life ©朱雨蒙


The three-story brick house and its front yard form a 183-square-meter site. The flat-tile roof, red brick dry wall surface, and light green window frame are a kind of gift from the base. The potential richness needs special interpretation: “Even after the garden disappears for a long time, the planted plants will bear fruit. (Sebastien Marot). ”

▼“互舍”外观,Intertwine House ©朱雨蒙



30年多年后的今天,这里将会迎来新的“家庭”——朋友或是新人们;时光穿越,相逢恨晚;家庭的“温度”却始终不变。 两重岁月,如何相见?让新生活取代旧情感,拆倒重建?还是膜拜历史,原样保留?我们觉得应该让二元对立的新旧关系融合为“形式的共产”(communisme formel)——给一件物品赋予新的含义,就已经是在生产了。(尼古拉·布里奥)

Today, more than 30 years later, here will usher in a new “family”-friends or new people; time travels, meets with nostalgia; the family “temperature” is always the same. How do they meet each other in different era of year? Let the new life replace the old emotion, tear down and rebuild? Or worship history and keep it as it was? We feel that the dual relationship between the old and the new should be merged into a “communisme formel”-giving a new meaning to an object is already a production. (Nicolas Bourriaud)

The north and south houses surround the small courtyard, forming a traditional village texture. The lifestyle of the village courtyard is continued in the new design ©朱雨蒙

The red brick house in the north is retained, and the new house with a slope roof is built on the south side of the yard. The two together enclose the roof terrace and overlook the fields ©朱雨蒙

The sloping roof form is humbly integrated into the village texture, maintaining a harmonious scale relationship with the neighbors on the street facade ©朱雨蒙

The new house on the south side and the old house on the north side have a dialogue, and the two form a “mutual” occlusion ©朱雨蒙

▼北楼天窗,skylight of the north building ©朱雨蒙

New houses and old houses each extend along the slope to form a stepped terrace ©朱雨蒙

▼入口玄关,Entry hall ©朱雨蒙


▼南北房间在院子中部融合一体,North and South rooms merge in the middle of the yard ©神奇建筑研究室

The VRV air-conditioning indoor and outdoor units are hidden under the stepped terrace, so that the interior is more concise under the premise of ensuring winter and summer comfort  ©神奇建筑研究室

▼做饭的时候可以看到庭园,You can see the garden while cooking ©神奇建筑研究室

Mutual reciprocity in the ‘Reciprocal House’ is reflected in three levels: The first is the interaction of the new and old houses. The village’s traditional sloping roof form and intimate dimensions have become invisible memories, which continue in the design. The intersecting positions of the two north and south rooms form a “mutual” occlusal space. In order to enlarge the original experiencing interior space experience, the new house on the south side was dug down, and people entered the north room through the rising stairs, which seemed redundant. The “design action” makes the space come alive as the height changes, and the cave-like living experience is born.

The height change in the room activates the physical experience, and the cave-like living experience is born ©朱雨蒙

▼曾经昏暗的老房子重新沐浴在阳光之下,The once dim old house was bathed in the sun again ©朱雨蒙

The slope line of the north and south houses is turned into stairs and inclined walls indoors and outdoors, which is full of sports sense ©朱雨蒙

关于材质的“交互”的表达,我们希望能够延续红砖绿窗的记忆。瓷砖这种华北乡村常见的建材表达了村民清洁卫生的朴素需求,我们既不想为了“建构”欲望而刻意暴露真实建筑材质,也并非要“民粹”般地歌颂流行乡间的大白瓷砖,“天青色”的瓷砖被选作南房的表皮, 瓷砖绿和砖红形成“大俗”撞色,却充满了火热的生活质感。

Regarding the expression of “interaction” of materials, we hope to continue the memory of the red brick and green window. Tiles, a common building material in the North China countryside, expressing the villagers ’simple needs for cleanliness. We don’t want to deliberately expose the real building materials in order to ‘construct’ the desire, nor do we want to sing the populous big white tiles like populist, The ceramic tile was selected as the skin of the south house, and the tile green and brick red formed a “vulgar” contrasting color, but filled with the fiery texture of life.

▼代表记忆的砖红和窗绿被延续,Brick red and window green representing memory are continued ©朱雨蒙

The tops of the slopes become walls in the courtyard, staggered with each other, and nested in color ©朱雨蒙

▼红绿色在卧室的碰撞,Red and green collision in the bedroom ©朱雨蒙

第三层“交互”是室内隐藏的一条闭合流线,“圆形”路径似乎也隐喻着“园”。起于入户的玄关庭院,接着看到现代感的南房,继而通过“山谷”步入充满怀旧气氛的北房,通过小洞口爬上露台,从大阶梯上再步入庭院和卧房,完成 “山居巡游”。这种伴随“现代性”而生的运动感并非新生事物,100年前阿道夫·路斯的 “螺旋空间”(‘Raumplan’)住宅即给出了答案。今天,在室内欢快奔跑的孩子和时时来访的小猫似乎对其仍然兴趣盎然。

The third level of “interaction” is a closed streamline hidden in the interior, and the “circular” path also seems to be a metaphor for “garden”. It starts from the entrance courtyard, and then sees the modern south house. Then it enters the nostalgic north house through the “valley”, climbs to the terrace through the small hole, and then enters the courtyard and bedroom from the large step accomplishing the “Mountain House Wandering”. This sense of movement that accompanies “modernity” is not new, and  Adolf Loos ‘s “Raumplan” house gave the answer 100 years ago.. Today, children who run happily indoors and kittens who visit from time to time still seem to be full of excitement.

From time to time, the kittens the village wandering from the roof and glance into the house through the window ©朱雨蒙

▼从玄关瞥见庭院,Glimpsing of the courtyard from the entrance ©朱雨蒙

The warm sun shines on the wooden floor, and the stories of two little are recorded inside and outside the window ©朱雨蒙

▼老房子的梁架结构成为新的视觉焦点,Beam structure of old house becomes new visual focus ©朱雨蒙

▼午后的日常即景,Daily scene in the afternoon ©朱雨蒙


Natural Media


The huge skylight and the opening combined with the posture of sitting and walking, bring about the bifurcation of the garden path-like perspective, traces of light and shadow under the “flow” of sunlight on the side wall.

▼村庄街道的“日常生活”成为餐桌的“景框”,The “everyday life” of the village street becomes the “view frame” of the dining table ©朱雨蒙

▼餐桌,dining area ©朱雨蒙

Singing on the roof, stargazing at night; the sun in the afternoon makes the tiles turn azure, and in the evening or in the rain, it gets to cold blue tones ©朱雨蒙

在北京,雨水让人既爱又恨,暴雨的六月和干冷的冬季周而复始。从天而降,涓涓细流,归于土壤,这种雨水循环在“互舍”变得可观。始于屋顶的汇聚,经过 “沟渠”从中部露台蜿蜒汇至庭院,继而沿着碎石路径引至于道路明沟,这些过程从庭园和室内被居住者耳闻目视,在雨天则形成生动的景观体验。而在旱季,碎石铺地则带来“枯山水”的想象。

In Beijing, the rain makes people love and hate it. The heavy rains of June and the dry winter cycle start and end. Falling from the sky, trickling down to the soil, this kind of rainwater cycle becomes considerable in “interchange”. It starts from the convergence of the roof, winding from the central terrace to the courtyard through the “ditch”, and then leading to the open channel of the road along the gravel path. These processes are seen and heard from the garden and indoor occupants, and form a vivid landscape in the rain experience. In the dry season, gravel paving brings the imagination of ” Karesansui”.

Falling from the sky, trickling down to the soil and this kind of rainwater cycle becomes considerable in “interchange” ©朱雨蒙


Italo Calvino said, “You ran so far, just to get rid of the burden of nostalgia!” When homestays and travel become a life form of a rich society in China, we hope that visitor will not only see the memory puzzles of the North China countryside, but also easily Look at tomorrow, the old and the new are borrowing each other.

The memory mosaic of the North China Countryside——‘Intertwine House’ Yanqing, Beijing ©朱雨蒙

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan ©神奇建筑研究室

建筑面积:220 ㎡

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