Text description provided by the architects. Placid mogan cottage lies in a bamboo and tea plant valley in the north of zhejiang province. with an east-west length of more than 100 meters and a north-south width of less than 30 meters, the narrow site is located to the north of a brook.
There once was a primary school lined along the north boundary of this site, and the rest southern part of the site was a playground. followed this figure-ground relation, we distributed the single mass volume into small components, and then spread them onto the ground according to different elevations of the site. the design intends to maximize the view of the landscape in the south and fulfill the requirements of sunshine, with the consideration of the privacy of hotel rooms, imperceptibility and flexibility of the service circulation, and diversity of the exterior environment. the double pitch black tile roof of that primary school is the origin of representation of the site memory. we try to maintain the black brick wall as local architectural material and apply them with a sense of scale and relatively practical value. the construction of the roof is also a result of integration of the tile roof form of local housing, the installaiton requirement of insulation and the response to the surrounding mountain shape.
In this ambient of site, we try to pull our subjective emotion away to present the essence of the architecture by responding a series of basic questions like site location, function, architectural material and etc. since we believe that, if the building is conceived sophisticatedly enough for its site and program, it will develop its own strength during the use, and serve as a part of the natural world, with no need for artistic additions.