Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier

Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Beam
Loft. Image © Hongxiao Liu

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Pudong Xinqu, China
  • Architects: JiHua Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Hongxiao Liu
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Dasso, do on site, wisdom
Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Windows, Facade
Exterior Perspective. Image © Hongxiao Liu

This is a reconstruction project in Xinchang, Shanghai. What is interesting to us is that this will be a very good opportunity to explore how to remould and upgrade the widely existing new rural villas in China to meet the needs of contemporary aesthetics and life under controllable conditions.

Current problems
The original house is a traditional “Chinese farmer's house”. It has a very old-school plan: the entrance is located at the middle of 1st floor. And in front of the entrance is the staircase for the whole house. The kitchen and storage are located at the left and right sides of the north part of the house.

Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Bed, Chair, Bedroom
Bedroom 1. Image © Hongxiao Liu

The symmetry of the plane is derived from the traditional Chinese style house, but now in Shanghai, there are no traditional hall spaces and no ancestral grades. The residence (including the farmer's house) has tended to be a modern way of living, so this kind of traditional pattern will produce a lot of questions. For example, it is difficult to set the vestibule because the position of the middle entrance; the dining room and the living room will be disturbed by each other; lack of toilets; room size is too consistent, be difficult to adjust to different functions; lack of windows.

Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Windows
Loft. Image © Hongxiao Liu

In addition, there are still problems such as excessive structure, waste of structure, and cumbersome local structures, such as concrete cornice, because of the cheap and low-tech construction.

Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Windows, Bed, Beam, Bedroom
Bedroom 3. Image © Hongxiao Liu

Building reconstruction
The needs of the owners are converted this farmer’s house to a modern hostel. First of all, we use some subtracting methods to change the bulky feeling of the house: remove the eaves of concrete pouring (which is now completely replaced by metal eaves); refurbish the roof, add roof eaves, design organized rainwater discharge, narrow the concrete balcony; improve the overall proportion of appearance; relocate the main entrance to the left side, straighten out the flow line; increase the size of window and add more necessary windows, set the landing window for the bedrooms.

Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier - Windows, Beam, Handrail
Loft. Image © Hongxiao Liu

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Project location

Address:Hang San Gong Lu, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China

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Cite: "Pusu Hostel / JiHua Atelier" 16 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/897984/pusu-hostel-jihua-atelier> ISSN 0719-8884

Loft. Image © Hongxiao Liu

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