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A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin

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Shanghai, China
A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Windows, Table, Chair, Beam
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Text description provided by the architects. To construct a traditional and simple Chinese home signifies the abandonment of dramatic design language but represent the simple word in the manner highlighting “no subject”, “weak comparison” and “against distinctness”.

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Sofa, Table, Lighting
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A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Shelving, Windows, Chair, Beam
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The suites covers an area of 50㎡with two bays and including five rooms, respectively, the kitchen, the toilet, the dining room and the living room concurrently, the baby room and the bedroom. In the course of design, the separation wall between the baby room and the living room was taken off, leaving a larger space for dining, study and living concurrently; instead, the curtain could be used as division of study space and living space, and the living space could also be used as baby's room in the future.

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The wall, commonly shared by the living room and the bedroom remains blank to weaken its sense of core. The wall on the opposite to the center is covered by bookshelf, which can be integrated together with the dining table, work desk and sofa so as to form a huge furniture wall.

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Table, Shelving, Windows, Chair, Countertop, Beam
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The bookshelf is designed by multiple modules. They’ve formed larger and smaller grids while the original order is broken by the work desk, the sofa, the air conditioner and the beam. Finally, some cabinet doors are embedded at random for the sake of collection of some articles; such doors, when opened, are vivid as windows on the building elevation.

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As to the wooden doors on the white wall and to the beam bottom height, the dwellings’ “local” practice was adopted. When the wall was not leveled, the elm frame was embedded around the door hole and fixed with the rough wall, then the door frame and the wall were sealed by cement mortar and leveling putty, etc. Finally, the door and the door frame were linked with metal hinge.

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Countertop, Kitchen, Shelving
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The lamps at home, basically of the same structure, were made manually by making use of the abandoned timbers.

Axonometric

In order to depict infiniteness from skimpiness, the color shall be simple and natural; besides, the materials shall be mostly intimate to people, such as wood, bamboo, fiber and cotton which can arouse the people’s the most original sense of intimacy. 

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Table, Bedroom, Beam
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As to the woods, the wood wax oil is adopted to recover its original color and quality. When the oil is completely absorbed by the woods, the wood grain can be represented like Chinese ink painting. 

A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin - Windows, Bed, Bedroom
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Cite: "A Traditional and Simple Chinese Home Design / Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin" 01 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/790063/a-traditional-and-simple-chinese-home-design-guo-donghai-yan-linglin> ISSN 0719-8884
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