The Tinest Cottage, China by Beijing Jiaotong University + University of Cincinnati

A group of wooden huts are scattered among trees in a century old pear garden

Project Specs


非常感谢 北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学 予gooood分享以下内容。 
Appreciation towards Beijing Jiaotong University + University of Cincinnati for providing the following description:


Because of the artistic conception of “a drop in the sea”, the purity of heaven and earth is achieved in pear trees, pear flowers, breeze and light. The cottage is scattered in the orchards, on the top of the pear branches, enjoying the prosperity of flowers and fruits, not looking at each other, each with its own scenery. The off-season is used for fruit farmers to work and rest, while the flower season is used as wild luxury farmhouses to meet the different needs of tourists and farmers to the greatest extent. Units can be combined with each other to form the settlement needed by tourists, so that people can appreciate the charm of “a drop in the sea of flowers”. The project won the third prize of the international university construction competition of 2019uia-cbc.

▼项目概览,project overview ©北京交通大学


自然 · 建筑
Nature · Building


▼意向图,试想了方案的建成效果,intention map, trying to imagine the effect of the scheme ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

“The smallest of buildings, the greatest of nature. ” Inspired by the site conditions, the team explores the relationship between nature and architecture. Among the lush, the smallest buildings retain the largest nature, realize the “micro intervention” of rural construction, keep humility in front of nature and bring real changes to the countryside.

▼俯视图,项目隐匿于自然之间,aerial view, project is hidden in nature ©北京交通大学


乡建 · 构思
Rural reconstruction · Concept


Because the plan is located in the countryside and serves the countryside, at the beginning of design, the team firmly grasps the local characteristics of the plan, unifies the consideration of form, construction and use mode with the actual situation of the countryside. Design logic can be summed up in four points: higher than trees, scattered in the garden, to the scene, different from the period.


高于树 | Higher than Trees


In the pear garden, the pear trees are luxuriant, converging into a forest sea. The height of the pear tree is about 3 meters, which gives us the imagination of walking in the forest and walking in the branches. It urges us to raise the building and provide the visitors with the wonderful feeling of sitting in the branches. People can look down upon the pear garden in their houses, pick fruits and appreciate flowers.

▼高于树,给游客提供更高的视角,providing a higher perspective for tourists ©北京交通大学


散于园 | Scattering in the garden


▼生成逻辑,generative logic ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼“散于园”:原始格局的保留,the preservation of the original pattern ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

The free volume is used to get involved in the matrix regular bottom of the pear garden. While breaking the rules, the light-weight posture is used to get involved in the site. The natural style is preserved to the greatest extent, and the ideal of “the smallest building, the largest nature” is realized. This is not only an active adaptation to the environment, but also a landing solution and design method for the space form formed by the traditional orchard production mode, so as to make the plan It has the possibility of replication and evolution. Each unit and landscape is connected by a winding path, and function transformation is carried out between trees and flowers, providing tenants with the most direct and full natural experience.

▼轻质介入,融于自然环境,light intervention and integration into the natural environment ©北京交通大学


向于景 | To the landscape


The rural natural and primitive ecological environment provides tourists with the opportunity to escape from the ordinary world. The visual centrifugal arrangement is a lonely experience for people. The different frames let each unit immerse in the nature. The team hopes to explore the real needs of ontology through more introverted design.

▼建筑是配角,自然是主角,architecture is the supporting role, and nature is the leading role ©北京交通大学

▼向于景,每个建筑都独占一片的风景,each building has a unique landscape ©北京交通大学


异于期 | Different periods


▼项目轴测图,可通过单元功能的切换以最大程度地满足游人与农民的不同需求,axon, the project fully considers the switching of unit functions to meet the different needs of tourists and farmers ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼项目作为居住单元的轴测图,the axon of the project as a living room unit ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼项目作为茶室单元的轴测图,the axon of the project as a tea house unit ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼项目作为卫生间单元的轴测图,the axon of the project as a bathroom unit ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼项目作为观测塔单元的轴测图,the axon of the project as an observation tower unit ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

As a practical application of shared farmhouse in the village, the project fully considers the switching of unit functions to meet the different needs of tourists and farmers to the greatest extent, so as to realize the efficient use of the whole life cycle of the building. On weekdays, the team considers the needs of farmers, and the cottage can be used as a temporary cottage for farmers to form a place for storing farm tools, working and resting, and climbing to take care of; while in the flower season and mature season with more tourists, the building is converted into tourism products, and the cottage can be used as a wild luxury hotel for tourists to stay, which is a place for tourists to use and stay, so that tourists can feel here Receive the most real orchard life.

▼登高塔单元,observation tower ©北京交通大学

▼居住单元室内效果,interior view of residential unit ©北京交通大学


在地 · 低碳
Construction · Low carbon


▼钢结构楼梯的预制与安装,prefabrication and installation of steel stairs ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼雨水口的预制过程,rainwater inlet prefabrication process ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

▼梨枝立面单元的预制与安装,prefabrication and installation of pear branch facade unit ©北京交通大学 + 辛辛那提大学

In a short period of 15 days, six forest cabins will be built. In addition to using natural materials and local construction methods, we also hope to study the feasibility of wood frame, pear branch prefabrication and steel structure stair assembly construction. In terms of details and site design, the team, based on aesthetic considerations, fully draws on the traditional rural crafts, and uses simple and simple techniques to achieve the desired results. The team uses the green bricks from the old local houses to build the landscape pool, customize the rainwater inlet to the local traditional tin craftsman, and use the branch of pear tree, the most characteristic building material in the century old pear garden of Aiyuan village, to quickly build the building facade.

▼预制钢结构楼梯,prefabrication of steel stairs ©北京交通大学

▼预制雨水口:阳光下的阴影,挺拔的线条感,rain inlet prefabrication: shadow under the sun, straight line sense ©北京交通大学

▼茶室的预制梨枝立面:乡土化肌理,prefabricated pear branch facade of the tea house: texture close to nature ©北京交通大学

▼茶室的夜间效果:光影绰绰,night view of the tea house: light and shadow ©北京交通大学

▼配合建筑用青砖砌筑的景观水池,landscape pool built with green bricks ©北京交通大学


花海 · 一粟
The Tinest Cottage


The space is light and free. The participation of fruit farmers and tourists extends and completes the life cycle of “flower sea millet”. It can be said that they are designed for fruit trees and people. Looking at “a drop of flower sea” from afar, you can see the little house on the top of the pear tree standing on the vast century old pear garden, feeling the sun, moon, stars and green trees.

▼项目鸟瞰图,bird-eye’s view of the project ©北京交通大学

▼夜间效果,night view ©北京交通大学

项目设计 & 完成年份:2019 & 2019
指导老师:胡映东(BJTU)、张育南(BJTU)、郭华瞻(BJTU)、唐明(UC)、Whitney Hamaker(UC)、陈泳全(UC)
小组成员:陈茁、庄沛达、李舒芮、李志轩、刘莹婕、王子嘉、罗元佳、林文俊、易彦淇,Tran Huy Phi Vu、McQuillen Patrick、Figley Lauren、Micham Jordan、Ryan Tess、Swafford Jeremy

Project name: The Tinest Cottage
Design: Beijing Jiaotong University, University of Cincinnati
Design year & Completion Year: 2019 & 2019
Leader designer & Team:
Yingdong Hu(BJTU), Yunan Zhang(BJTU), Huazhan Guo(BJTU), Ming Tang(UC), Whitney Hamaker(UC), Yongquan Chen(UC)
Team Member: Zhuo Chen, Peida Zhuang, Shurui Li, Zhixuan Li, Yingjie Liu, Zijia Wang, Yuanjia Luo, Wenjun Lin, Yanqi Yi, Tran Huy Phi Vu, McQuillen Patrick, Figley Lauren, Micham Jordan, Ryan Tess, Swafford Jeremy
Technical Support: Jianming Wang,Luo Yang
Project location: Orchard Village, Aiyuan Town, Shuyang County, Jiangsu Province  
Gross Built Area (square meters): 78m²
Photo credits: Beijing Jiaotong University
Partners: CBC
Clients: Shiyang County People’s Government  
Brands / Products used in the projrct:
Wood: Jimu Construction Technology Engineering (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Steel: Qingdao wangbaoqiang Industrial Co., Ltd
Doors and windows: Guangzhou Haode doors and windows Co., Ltd

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