This is a house designed for a painter and his wife. The site is located on the eastern edge of a village, next to rice fields.
In common with the inward-looking character of courtyard houses in the village, the new house has an introvert character. Lime mixed with pieces of straw—a very common form of rendering for external walls in Dali region—also helps relate the new house to its context.
Inside, the house is divided into the private quarters of the resident couple to the north, and a series of living areas and accommodation for a guest and a live-in cleaner/cook to the south. Nine courtyards of varying sizes reduce the scale of the traditional courtyard house and to match courtyards with various rooms. The circulation through the main parts of the house develops as an alternation between spatial compression and spatial dilation.
▽ 带家具模型，model with furniture
The entry sequence in the southwest involves two 180-degree turns that bring the visitor to the southern courtyard.
▽ 前庭，front yard
▽ 前庭的小窗，透过厨房长窗望向远方的田野，window at the front yard, with the crop field view through the kitchen window
▽ 从前庭回望入口, view from front yard to the entrance
▽ 入口, the entrance
A long corridor offers quick access to the private quarters, with a glimpse of the central shallow pond halfway.
▽ 西侧的廊院南望，左侧是中庭的水面。at the westside hallway looking to the south, water feature in the courtyard to the left
▽ 中庭, courtyard
From the southern courtyard one can walk undercover past an enclosed dining area towards the pond.
▽ 穿越餐厅北望中庭, looking south to the courtyard through the dinning room
▽ 餐厅, the dinning room
A storage room obscures the size of the main living area, with views out to the eastern fields as well as to the central pond and, above the plants and rocks of the western passage, to the traditional tiled roof of the neighboring courtyard house to the west.
▽ 起居室, living room
▽ 中庭 (左侧是起居室，正前方是带水池的庭院，庭院尽头是餐厅，右侧是开了洞口的廊道), courtyard, with water feature in the center, living room to the left, dinning room in the front and hallway with an opening to the right
▽ 环视中庭, courtyard
▽ 从廊道的洞口向起居室望去, looking at the living room through the opening of the hallway
The private quarters are organized around four courtyards of different sizes and orientation. This variety continues the attempt to introduce daylight from the east and the west in the rooms, so that the atmosphere of various spaces will be appreciably different at different times of the day.
▽ 中庭北望, at the courtyard looking north
▽ 中庭, courtyard
▽ 廊院南望, at the hallway looking south
Structural elements of the house are kept out of view by setting the thickness of walls to 200 mm so that columns and in-fill walls are indistinguishable once they are rendered. The maximum span of 8m on one side of the southern courtyard required a beam that is 600 mm deep. However, this and other beams of various dimensions are kept unobtrusive by placing them above rather than below roof slabs. By subordinating structural expression, light and spatial effects, and the client’s collection of furniture are allowed to draw one’s attention.
▽ 环视中庭, courtyard
▽ 廊院北望, at the hallway looking north
▽ 带场地模型, model with terrain
▽ 总平面 site plan
▽ 一层平面 first floor plan
▽ 剖面 section
Client: Zhong Meng, Yi Wen
Location: Xizhou, Dali,Yunnan Province
Floor Area: 426 m²
Structure System: Concrete Bearing Wall + Concrete Block
Cost: 2,000,000 rmb
Design Phase: Aug.2014 – Feb. 2015
Construction Phase: Feb. 2015 – Jan. 2016
Design Team: Yang Zhao, Peigen Shang
Photographer: Hao Chen
设计阶段：2014.08 – 2015.02
施工阶段：2015.02 – 2016.01