We saved the texture and spacial relationship between the original farm house building and the surrounding courtyards, so that they comingle with the arteries and veins of the village, preserving the countryside memory, but also making adaptations as needed to the surrounding environment.Broken roofs were taken off and repaired using traditional stone slab, a material and workmanship that marks the continuation of local tradition; a previously collapsed cottage was rebuild, and now conveniently serves an exterior dinning pavilion, enriching the layers between courtyards.
▼农舍改造的时尚院落，renovation of a farm house
▼建筑改造延续了当地传统的石板瓦顶，a material and workmanship that marks the continuation of local tradition
Southside of the mountain along with the architecture were naturally enclosed together into a small open space. Here we designed a private resting platform, with the original mountain stone preserved in the middle of the platform as a focal point. The old worn out architecture façade was replaced with a breathable translucent glass curtain wall. The original structural beam columns now expose to the interior, becoming a source natural decoration, at the same time being protected by the new build structure from rains and winds. To tackle the issue that traditional slope roof have short eaves design, additional new steel eaves structure with rain tent were build, along with wood platform extending out from the dinning room, allowing indoor activates to extend to the courtyard.
▼南侧山坡同建筑自然围合成私密的休憩平台，south side of the mountain along with the architecture were naturally enclosed together into a small open space
▼新加的钢结构雨篷将室内活动自然延展到室外，additional new steel eaves structure with rain tent were build to allow indoor activates extending to the courtyard
Original entry-way and its adjacent recess area was rebuilt into an independent kitchen, and separately, a private theatre. While allowing for essential housekeeping in day-to-day operation, the restructure enhanced the functions available for the many courtyards. Space of shared functions such as dining area and living room were arranged in the middle of the courtyard, separated but also interconnected. Interior dining area connects directly with the exterior pavilion; while scenery of natural hill stones could be seen through the living room.To ensure the privacy of the main living area, at the same time to save the best mountain view for the last, we added an exterior corridor outside the main living room facing the entry way. Glass roof on top of this corridor allows for sunshine and dotted tree shadows spraying into the room, semi-transparent U-shaped glass wall tries to conceal the verdant mountain view; peaceful light seeping through the corridor lights up the courtyard like a lantern.The original floorplan includes 6 bedrooms, with layout uniquely different, some have independent living rooms, some have shower rooms with direct mountain view.
▼入口庭院打造丰富群组院落氛围，the entry courtyard create a abundant courtyard atmosphere
▼公共空间与室外景观既分割又相互连通，space of shared functions are separated but also interconnected
▼餐厅由室内延续到室外，the dining room continues into the courtyard
Our furniture product tends to be modern and simple, emphasizing design’s modernity and comfort level. Natural and relaxed tone could suit well into the countryside; avoid furniture being too strong or too symbolic, which might be disruptive to the scenery outside the window. Our design principle here is to take materials locally as much as possible, saving cost while at the same time demonstrating local culture in a good way.
▼现代简约的风格既强调舒适性又与农村氛围相融合，furniture product tends to be modern and simple and could suit well into the countryside
▼家装元素就地取材，U型玻璃增加建筑通透感，taking materials locally as much as possible and the U shape glass reflects the natural environment
Different from many individual design projects seen in the past, we are exploring a brand-new business model to resolve the social issues commonly found in China today. Traditional villages are outdated, worn out, large number of vacant farm houses are in unlivable conditions, infrastructure fell way behind. Most young adults move to the city for work, leaving behind large number of seniors and unattended young children. As most of these villages tend to be far from cities, local farm products are difficult to transport out, exacerbating the poverty issue. But on the other hand, city residents increasingly wish to spend the weekend in the countryside to relax, to rid of air pollution and work pressure, but quality stays in the countryside are not easy to find. Our business model is to look for vacated houses in the countryside villages, convert these places into design quality living space under a short time span and with good cost management, while training local farmers to provide warm host services, our food specialists would develop dining menus based on local agricultural products available, and finally, internet platform is used for marketing and sales. 75% sales revenue belongs to local farmer, 25% covers our platform’s operating cost. We have completed renovation for almost 40 courtyards in the past year, controlling cost under 60 USD per square feet (all expenses inclusive); our renovation job complete in less than 2 months on average. Using local materials and labors lowered operating cost in the latter phase, and sharing most of the distributions to the local farmers makes the model stable income in nature, while attracting more farmers willing to provide vacant houses and to work together with us. Our operating units now become very popular, and our former farmer turned house keepers now earn much more than their peers that work long hours in the city. This has caused quite some number of young people returning to the village to join us, indirectly contributed to resolving a long standing social issue.
设计公司/Design Corporation: 空间进化（北京）建筑设计有限公司 Evolution Design
占地面积/Site Area: 720m2
建筑总面积/Total Floor Area: 305m2
容积率/Plot Ratio: 0.423
绿化率/Green Ration: 35%
设计时间/Design Phase: 2016.4
设计团队/Design Team: 金雷， 关天颀， 郭腾，张雪婷，胡艳平
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