The Site: 1100㎡
WUSH Inn is located in a small village called Jijia, which is embraced by natural river systems and endless farmlands. There are about 130 villagers living in Chinese traditional houses near by the river. The site in the northeast of the main road of the village that is consisted of four homesteads, facing river to the south and farmland to the north, covering 1100 m2.
▼村落鸟瞰，aerial view of the building ©邵峰
▼隔岸相望，view to the building through the lake ©邵峰
As the first ideal village of Xiangban Culture & Tourism, Jijia Village has attracted a large group of city dwellers who yearned for living in a rural lifestyle. Until now there are eleven theme Inns have already opened. Others including wooden art studio, pottery workshop, nature farm, village bookshop, research center, and meditation center, etc, will be opening soon.
▼黄昏鸟瞰，aerial of the building in the dusk ©邵峰
WUSH Inn is positioned as ‘new rural life space’, including grocery, reception hall, pastoral restaurant, tea space, scripture room, rural innovation space and 10 guest rooms, with a total area of 1200㎡.
▼总体鸟瞰，overall view ©邵峰
▼露台与庭院，terrace and courtyard ©邵峰
Design of this project stems from studying of existing village composition, spatial scale and Chinese traditional yard layout. In a site of 30 meters * 40 meters, the layout of six houses forms a traditional courtyard. By sorting out the surrounding roads, water systems, farmland and the main entrance to the south: combining the functions, mass, orientation, sunlighting, scale, and other factors of the six houses, we generated a second layout that places two courtyards on the north-south axis.
▼院落布局，layout of the courtyards ©大形设计
▼二层平台看南院，view of the courtyard from the second floor ©邵峰
In the “South Courtyard”, a T shape bare concrete wall divides the flat into three secondary courtyards with different elevations, functions and dimensions; each of these three courtyards connected with south gate, west gate, east gate and the “North Courtyard” with stairs and ramp, creating a meandering walking experience.
▼庭院与高差，courtyard divided with different elevations ©大形设计
▼分割院子的清水混凝土墙，concrete wall divides the courtyard ©邵峰
▼连接院落的街巷，alleys connect to the courtyard ©邵峰
▼曲折有情，zigzag alleys ©邵峰
The North Courtyard is a transition between the main building and nature. Two canopies of different orientations form a gray space that blurs the boundary between interior and exterior.
▼水边茶室，tea house beside the water ©邵峰
▼从茶室看向自然的亭子，view to the natural pavilion from the tea house ©邵峰
▼亭子内外，in and outside the pavilion ©邵峰
The main difference between design stage and the final completion is the material types and texture. In the selection of wall material, we have carried out many experiments with professional manufacturers and eventually we decided to use self-coloured inorganic mortar for the exterior walls and press polished inorganic mortar for interior walls.
▼5#楼南立面，elevation of the #5 building ©邵峰
▼客房区域的楼梯，staircase in the guest room area ©邵峰
Bare concrete is used as the material of floor, wall and countertop after grinding and polishing. The handmade texture makes the “uncertainty” more natural.
▼细部质感，material details ©邵峰
The loam wall, made with ancient method, shows the marks of time after washing by rainstorm. The use of old slate, old blue brick and old wood made the space look sublime and timeless.
▼夯土房，rammed earth house ©邵峰
Tree & Stone
Trees could bring energy. When a 17-metre tall camphor tree was planted in front of the rammed earth house, the entire courtyard became alive.
▼南院树木，trees in front of the rammed earth house ©邵峰
Stones are natural creatures. We found 4 natural mountain stones from west GuangXi Province. They arrived after smoothing the level, and then live with the yard together.
▼南院自然山峰石，natural stones in the courtyard ©邵峰
‘Existence for convenience, and inexistence for creating.’ The design process finish most part of ‘existence or in existence’. We experience the passing of time in such an environment, which will reflect how the design is.
▼入口小院，entrance courtyard ©邵峰
▼条石、木板等休息空间，spaces for rest ©邵峰
▼面朝田园的阳台和儿童娱乐空间，balcony facing the farmland and outdoor space for children to play ©邵峰
In the last three hundred days of this three-year journey, I spent almost every day with workers on site. I was the investor, the project manager, buyer, designer, contractor, and worker myself. This process made me more convinced of the importance of drawings, and makes me understand that drawings are just “drawings”. It is also necessary to judge and make decisions repeatedly on site to create a meaningful space. This is the decision of an architect with fifteen years of commercial design experience.
▼总平面图，master plan ©大形设计
▼一层平面，first floor plan ©大形设计
▼二层平面，second floor plan ©大形设计
▼三层平面，third floor plan ©大形设计
▼南立面，south elevation ©大形设计
▼北立面，north elevation ©大形设计
Project Name: WUSH Inn
Project Location: NanshouJijiadun Village, Jinxi Town, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
Project Type: New Rural Living Space
Architecture/Interior Design: DESHIN
Master Architect: Yongheng Xing
Architect: Liming Pi, Weiyi Lin, ZexiCai, Hao Huang, JiayinZhong, HaozhouXie, Shengyuan Zheng
Workers: Xiujun Yao, Jiaoming Shi, Jingbing Zhang, Fangping Hong, Genrong Ling, Pinghong Du, Dexiang Hu, Zhiming Liu
Structure: Haile Li, Honglang Zhao
Interior Design: Shengyuan Zheng
Electricity Design: Jianbing Xu, Xueyong Li
Construction Type: Light Steel Mesh Model, Brick-Concrete Structure, Old Rammed Loam Construction
Materials: Inorganic Mortar, Bare Concrete, RetroPlate(Concrete Curing Agent), Metal Tiles, Chinese-style tile,Thatch, Old Slabstone, Old Black Brick, Old Wood
Proprietor: Kunshan WUSH Inn Management Ltd.
Construction Company: Zhejiang Zhenghe Architecture Mesh Model Ltd.
1. Zhejiang Zhenghe Mesh Model
2. Ashford Formula, Concrete sealer
4. JiangyinJianbang Aluminium Profile
5. Muxiang Doors&Windows
Project Area: 1200.0㎡
Building Period: 2016.11-2019.08
Photographer: Feng Shao
Photographer Website: http://www.sfap.com.cn