‘When the Master was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy.’ <Confusion Analects: Shu R>
The project is located at a private garden in suburban Shanghai, which has a splendid view of trees with shade in late spring. By living and working here away from the hustle and bustle of city, the owner tries to seek a balance between modern life and his inner world.
It’s a place for dancing and sitting in meditation, crying and laughing as well as thinking and whispering. It’s such a mood that ‘when one was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy.’ (<Confusion Analects: Shu R>)
The relationship between building and tress is emphasized in design. The architects try to reserve most of existing trees with least remove and addition. The building is supposed to ‘grow up’ among trees.
Which is more important, building or trees? Are trees embraced in the building? Or is the building hidden in trees? This is no need to find the answer.
▽ 现状树木被尽可能多地保留，most of existing trees are reserved with least remove and addition
▽ 建筑就像顽石一点点从繁茂的树木中生长出来，the building is supposed to ‘grow up’ among trees
Constructed with plain concrete the building has a raw surface of hand-made marks, which enhances its vitality among trees. Concrete walls of different heights stretch between building and trees to create vivid spaces with a sense of both cleanness and variedness.
It’s a journey starting from entry to the garden, which moves through trees with shade and walls of concrete, by leaving busy urban life behind.
▽ 建筑完全由素混凝土木模现浇而成，粗糙的表面有着手工的痕迹，constructed with plain concrete the building has a raw surface of hand-made marks
▽ 错落的混凝土墙在屋与树之间延伸，Concrete walls of different heights stretch between building and trees
The building has three parts for working, relaxing and living connected by terraces and corridors.
Those who walk through it could have an intimate touch with trees. By window openings the architects define frames of nature indoors. The owner could feel a variety of nature scenes in different seasons.
Tears in eyes when I’m leaving here every time, for I’m in deep love with the ‘shen shen garden’, a garden of ease and peace.
▽ 夜景，night view
▽ 一层平面，1st floor plan
▽ 二层平面，2nd floor plan
设计团队：许异 胥峻峰 李科科 高善通
Design office: Yushe Design
Design team: Xu Yi Xu Junfeng Li Keke Gao Shantong
Photographer: (T+E) Hu Yijie