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“Quad” not only referred to the square appearance of the new house, but also indicated that the new house was the place where children far away from home united together.
overview © 筑作视觉
园中有屋，屋中有院 | House in Garden and Courtyard in House
The house was originally composed of some scattered individual buildings. After reconstruction, with buildings surrounded from four sides, it turned into a courtyard for rest and union, which naturally made family members closer to each other.
house in the field © 筑作视觉
space sequence from the gate to the courtyard © 同一建筑
On the side facing the road, which was relatively public, there were the living room, the dining room and the kitchen, while bedrooms that needed privacy protection were arranged on the side towards the farmland. In the compact layout, the southwest corner with the best view and orientation was left to the master bedroom for the parents who would live here most often, and there were also bedrooms reserved for 5 children and their family members. Different from traditional courtyards, the sloping roof of the house was partially disconnected on each side, thus it became four independent roofs in the shape of a windmill. When it rains, the rainwater from the roofs would gather into the inner courtyard, giving a modern meaning to the traditional form of “rainwater gathers in the center of the courtyard and returns to the house”. The living spaces were connected with the landscape of the courtyard through conversion of light and shadow, which presented a picture of daily life full of a sense of place spontaneously, delineating the ease and tranquility of the rural life.
the gate © 筑作视觉
收放转折，步移景异 | Movement of Steps and Shift of Scenes
Entering the open outer courtyard through a transitional space formed by the courtyard gate. The ginkgo biloba trees in the courtyard and the big locust trees outside became opposite scenery, representing the etiquette sequence to be respected by residents when returning home, and also demonstrating the traditional artistic conception of “scenery changing along with movement of steps”. With metal mesh fences and green hedges around the outer courtyard, the house was separated from the outside world without rigid enclosure, while the relationship between the house and the surrounding field and the neighborhood was maintained. The “one-meter garden” to the east side of the courtyard was a good place for older parents to enjoy the pleasure of planting and harvesting.
the open outer courtyard © 筑作视觉
the “one-meter garden” © 筑作视觉
The small entry porch was the “prelude” to home returning, and the use of wooden materials would warm your first glance to the house. Entered the living room and dining room that were connected as a large and square space, similar to the “central room” of an old house. Without cumbersome decoration, the bay windows at corners and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors introduced natural light and outdoor scenery into the room, reflecting the simple and beautiful life philosophy.
the slope roof © 筑作视觉
the lightening inner courtyard © 筑作视觉
旧时记忆，今日栖居 | Past Memories and Today’s Dwelling
The red clay bricks used at the courtyard door were removed from walls of the old house. The mottled red bricks not only presented a sense of precious handicrafts, but also carried the odors and memories of times. Once, the small earthen stove carried the hope of the family. The new house integrated the traditional earthen stove into the layout of the modern kitchen, to maintain the warmth of the earthen stove and retain the old memory of the owner and his family working around the stove.
the dining room and the inner courtyard © 筑作视觉
the living room © 筑作视觉
Based on the slope roof, the new house was reconstructed as a duplex structure, and the wooden floor of the old house was used for the floor of the attic. The scene of climbing up to the attic to “make a bed on the floor” seemed like yesterday. No matter how time and space change, love and care will always be there.
the duplex structure with wooden floor © 筑作视觉
In this land full of memories, the architect wrote the warm feelings and stories of a family out of respect. “Quad”, as an inheritor of history and reality, expressed the common attitude toward life of the owner and the architect: cherishing the past and facing the future.
night view © 筑作视觉
site plan © 同一建筑
the first floor plan © 同一建筑
the second floor plan © 同一建筑
the perspective section © 同一建筑
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018
Project name: The Quad
Design: U&U Architects
Contact e-mail: info@QJArchitects.com
Design year & Completion Year: 2018
Leader designer & Team: Buhong Kong, Jia He, Zhengdong Ni,Xiaoxia Hu, Peng Li, Jian Zhang
Project location: Jianhu, Jiangsu
Gross Built Area: 300㎡
Photo credits: ZUZO VISION
Construction Drawing Design:Shanghai Total Architectural Design&Urban Planning Co., Ltd
Interior Design: SHUQI INTERIOR DESIGN (SH) LTD.
Landscape Design: Shanghai Zebai Landscape Design”