Mountains surround the house in the south, covered with thick forests.
▼群山环绕的村子，Village surrounded by hills
The house is located in an ancient mountain forest in Wuyi County, Jinhua, Zhejiang Province. The village maintains complete features from old inhabitants in this area, with buildings scatters in different altitudes by the mountain line and dense trees with history of over one hundred years at the entrance. The book house sits not far from the square at the entrance, beside which is well-preserved courtyard houses made in rammed earth. The old cowshed used to locate at the yard, but was removed after it collapsed.
▼村子全貌，Whole picture of the village
The book house aims to create a serene reading space that clams people down, thus attracting more young people and children to return to the mountains. It also provides a colorful and quiet place so that children and the elderly can feel freedom and happiness in this house.
▼俯瞰建筑，融入周边民居，Overlook of the building: fitting into the surroundings
▼鸟瞰书屋，Bird’s eye view of the book house
▼书屋融合在层叠的屋顶关系里，The book house integrated in stacked roof
Bring the space and the village closer
One of our initial thoughts is to spare room for the villagers, which also brings an intuitive feeling. In the first floor of the book house, there is an overhead semi-outdoor open space, and ten structural columns hold the entire house. The closed spaces are on the second floor, connected to the outside with an out-door staircase. There is only a tiny water bar on the first floor for water and beverages, the other places are totally open for villagers to drink, chat and for kids to play. The open space connects all the possible activities.
▼书屋融合在村子环境中，Book house fits into the surroundings of the village
▼从西南角看架空的书屋，Off-contact book house from the southwest corner
▼书屋西立面，West façade of the book house
▼村民在书屋首层喝茶聊天场景，Villagers drinking tea and chatting on the top of the book house
At the same time, from the perspective of the space relationship, the book house is in a triangle area, with the main walkway on the south and a three-meter stone wall on the north. Above the wall there is playground for children. By lifting up the close space of the house to give room to the space between the ground floor and the walkway, passers-by are also made able to rest under the house at any time. The second floor is on the same level as the children’s play area, which makes it convenient for kids to read books or play while their parents can still pay attention to their children when reading. Whether it is from the perspective of the nature of the site or that of understanding rural life, we hope that architecture and villagers, as well as the rural environment, can remain friendly to each other.
▼书屋北立面，North façade of the book house
▼建筑与场地的高差处理，Height difference between the house and the place
▼书屋首层与村道的关系，First floor and the walkway
Patio and time
The patio is placed in the book house as the core with a pleasant scale. There is a surface of water below the bottom of the first-floor patio. At rainy days, water rain falls from the patio into the pool, and the sound can be heard inside the house; while when the sun shines directly, it creates a unique light and shadow effect. A patio is designed in such a small place because it makes the house more relevant to nature, time and space. This is a sense of time in the house from my perspective.
▼天井与水院，Patio and the water pool
▼天井内侧，Inside the patio
▼柱脚局部细节，Details of column bottom
The setting of the patio looks like it is waiting for a certain time – for the sun to cast in a beautiful shadow, for the rain to drip ripples, or for the breeze to blow in. At those moments, the patio is set as special space waiting for its significance of being created. The essence of rural architecture as I understand is a state in which people and space, people and nature, and people and time coexist harmoniously. This patio, makes it happen by including sunlight, rain and air into the interior space.
▼透过天井看到对面的阅读空间，Reading space from patio
▼天井与书架，Patio and bookshelves
Corridor and communication
There are two rounds of back-shaped bookshelves in the second floor, creating a corridor around the patio and the reading space in the middle. With a comfortable width of one meter, it suspends from the structure of the first floor. The corridor provides the experience of walking around in the garden, while a lot of holes are opened according to the modular size of the back-shaped bookshelves, letting the light and air flow through the difference of size and height.
▼入口与上夹层的楼梯，Staircase between the entrance and the upper floor
As the reader wonders around in the corridor, their horizon opens together with the entrance, and the boundaries disappear. When standing on the other side of the entrance, people can see through the window and watch others reading books at the balcony, and farther, the hills and forests far away. The perspective from different layers creates the communication between people, space and the environment.
▼儿童阅读空间的多种状态，Multiple states of children’s reading space
▼与阅读状态相结合的书架，Bookshelves relevant to reading status
▼通透的书架关系，Spatial connection of the bookshelves
▼书架框内窥视阅读空间，Peeking into the reading space inside the shelves
We have always been insisting the design and research method of research. During the design of the book house, we made two experiments: the experiment on the morphological type, and the experiment on the application of materials.
In terms of morphological type, the closed space of the book house is raised up, using the double-sloping roof form and slope of the local dwellings, as well as the traditional roofing and the grey tiles, but small adjustments was made on the roof ridge. It is deflected by 6.5°bringing a subtle morphological change to the roof, making the one side of the roof higher than the other, and enabling the space to change through the inclination of roof and the shelves.
▼书架对应的屋顶结构关系，Relation between the shelves and the roof
In terms of materials, the bookcases use the modular structure of there-centimeter thick pine wood, and is controlled by a unified modular scale language. The vertical frame of the bookshelf and the structural beam of the roof are in one-to-one correspondence, forming an overall language logic system. On the outer façade, the relatively rare sun panels in the village make the whole house translucent, and the light in the room becomes gentle through the sun panels, creating a comfortable environment for reading. The translucent material allows readers inside to have a glimpse of the outdoor landscape, achieving a semi-transparent spatial experience and atmosphere.
▼温和的光阅读环境，Reading room with gentle light
▼若隐若现的室外景观，Looming outdoor landscape
Many architects are unfamiliar with the countryside, but they also make attempts to design. We are the same. We are the same. With the hope of exploration and integration, we try to intervene in the countryside as architects. In many cases, the inspiration not only comes from the intuitive judgment of the architect, but is also rooted in the countryside itself, so that the locality and creativity can connect well. In fact, there are no standards for the countryside, no fixed rules, no uniqueness, and good or bad can only be judged by the village itself. I hope this will be a good start.
▼傍晚的书屋，Book house in the evening
▼首层平面图，First floor plan
▼夹层平面图，Mezzanine floor plan
▼墙身详图，Details of the wall
Project Name: Liangjia Mountain, Wuyi · Mountain House in Mist
Project Location: Liangjiashan Village, Liucheng Town, Wuyi, Jinhua
Project owner: Hongfu Tourism Group Co., Ltd.
Project Type: Countryside Book House
Design time: 2016.12-2017.8
Construction time: 2017.10-2018.6
Design unit: Shulin Architectural Design
Moderator: Chen Lin
Project Architect: Liu Dongying
Participating architects: Liu Dongying, Yang Shiqiang, Jian Xuelian
Structural form: Steel-wood structure
Building materials: Imported pine, sun board, terrazzo
Building area: 156㎡
Architectural Photography: Zhao Yilong, Chen Lin