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  7. Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / Naturalbuild

Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / Naturalbuild

  • 22:00 - 6 February, 2018
Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / Naturalbuild
Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / Naturalbuild, Street View From North West Corner. Image © Hao Chen
Street View From North West Corner. Image © Hao Chen

Roof Lounge Chair and the Pool. Image © Hao Chen Lobby View North-eastwards From Corridor on 2nd Floor. Image © Hao Chen Large Window View Towards the Old Camphor From VIP Table in Restaurant. Image © Hao Chen Café and the Main Building. Image © Hao Chen + 46

  • Architects

  • Location

    85 Huangfu W Rd, Moganshan Zhen, Deqing Xian, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architects

    Yanfei Shui, Yichi Su, Yuanrong Ma
  • Project Architects

    Dan Deng, Hanhua Xu
  • Project Team

    Gege Li, Jing Sun, Xini Chai, Xiaoyan Zhou, Keyi Wang, Hao Chen, Linlin Luo, Zhuoran Chen, Lijin Zhu, Ying Zhu
  • Area

    1491.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineer

    Zhun Zhang
  • MEP Engineers

    Zhe Chen, Pengfei Lu, Qiang Chen
  • Constructor

    Hongyong Wang, Lost Villa Boutique Hotel
  • Client

    Lost Villa Boutique Hotel
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View Westwards the Platnaus Tree. Image © Hao Chen
View Westwards the Platnaus Tree. Image © Hao Chen

Text description provided by the architects. Located at the southwest corner of a previously state-owned silkworm farm in Yucun, Moganshan, Zhejiang Province, the project is connected to the peak of Moganshan Mountain by a mountain trail. The site can be accessed from the northwest corner and the terrain is gradually lowered from the north to the south. There are cottages standing adjacent with jagged outline on the north, whereas the southern end opens up to a panoramic view of a meandering stream. 

Street View From North Side. Image © Hao Chen
Street View From North Side. Image © Hao Chen
Site Plan
Site Plan

The historical legacies of lands ownership in neighborhood shape the irregular boundary of the site. Existing old buildings scatter on the ground, some of which have even collapsed; an abandoned primary school stands on the other side of the river, whose prospects still remain unknown; trees fill up the left over voids among the rural fabrics. This is the typical landscape condition of contemporary Chinese rural area, both heterogeneous and dynamic.

Roof Lounge Chair and the Pool. Image © Hao Chen
Roof Lounge Chair and the Pool. Image © Hao Chen

The design is therefore constrained and as well motivated by both the dynamic present and the unpredictable prospects. The strategy of internalizing scenery, not only establishes a defensive gesture against the unfavorable surrounding conditions but also turns the saturated inner space into part of the landscape.

Café Courtyard Old Trees and Distanced Mountain. Image © Hao Chen
Café Courtyard Old Trees and Distanced Mountain. Image © Hao Chen

At the same time, the design provides a series of public programs for the locals, such as the café (with its own separated entrance from the hotel), the small exhibition area and the restaurant on the third floor. The arrangement of programs creates a unique circulation between public space and hotel area, and various promenade experience.

Different Openings and Light. Image © Hao Chen
Different Openings and Light. Image © Hao Chen

Most of the guestrooms are designated into the southern part of the main building to obtain sufficient sunlight and panoramic scenic views of the garden. At the west end, there are a loggia and a swimming pool, which frame the main entrance and create a perimeter that buffers the site from the main road. 

Analysis of Different Guestrooms and Window Views. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild
Analysis of Different Guestrooms and Window Views. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild
Interior View of Guestroom. Image © Hao Chen
Interior View of Guestroom. Image © Hao Chen

Together with the main building, the loggia forms an open backyard area that serves only hotel guests. As for the building on the east end, it is an independent and secluded villa that can be rented out to an entire family.

View Under the Roof of Loggia. Image © Hao Chen
View Under the Roof of Loggia. Image © Hao Chen
Volume and Program Arrangement. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild
Volume and Program Arrangement. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild

Taking advantage of the site’s hundred-years-old Camphor and the Platanus tree and even the distanced mountains, the design frames scenes to create a sequence of dynamic views from the building. The framing scenery interacts differently with the layout of each individual room, and diversifies the relationships between each room’s plan and the window.

Analysis of Views Facing the Camphor Tree. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild
Analysis of Views Facing the Camphor Tree. Image Courtesy of Naturalbuild
Large Window View Towards the Old Camphor From VIP Table in Restaurant. Image © Hao Chen
Large Window View Towards the Old Camphor From VIP Table in Restaurant. Image © Hao Chen

While the design emphasizes the topological play of the programmatical layout and the interior scenery, it stops at the level of specificity, allowing strategic thinking surpass the concept. Eventually, the design presents a more natural gesture.

Elevation
Elevation

The structural system of the design is a hybrid of mixed masonry structure and wood-and-steel-trusses, which is able to strike a balance between budget and aesthetic. The design aims to achieve a type of optical precision, which is not about the precision of construction details, but, on the contrary, about creating a dialogue between the details and their background scenery. On the one hand, the detail design process aims to respond to such typical problems that one encounters when building in rural China.This includes poor construction quality, the lack of infrastructure and limited product supply.

Exterior View From North Side of Hotel Lobby. Image © Hao Chen
Exterior View From North Side of Hotel Lobby. Image © Hao Chen

This includes poor construction quality, the lack of infrastructure and limited product supply. It is through an closely collaborative process that operated throughout the entire design and built development between us (the designers), prefabrication suppliers and local craftsmen that these respective issues are resolved.

Interior View of Hotel Lobby. Image © Hao Chen
Interior View of Hotel Lobby. Image © Hao Chen

A series of steel/wood window and door systems, interior plywood doors, extra large automatic window as well as a series of customized light fixtures and furniture are all the product of this collaboration effort. On the other hand, the detail design is otherwise the reaction to the inevitable construction errors and the sudden changes of local constraints. As a result, these accidental issues induce a series of improvisational designs on site.

View of River Landscape and The Buildings From the Southeast. Image © Hao Chen
View of River Landscape and The Buildings From the Southeast. Image © Hao Chen

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Cite: "Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / Naturalbuild" 06 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/888066/lost-villa-boutique-hotel-in-yucun-naturalbuild/> ISSN 0719-8884
Street View From North West Corner. Image © Hao Chen

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