PEITREE YAOLIANG RESORTS
The project is located at the entrance to Yao Liang Village, Meixi Town, Anji County, Zhejiang Province. It is a lodge that was converted from a two-storey village primary school, which is known to be built by the villagers themselves brick by brick. Although the school has already been relocated, the building in the rice field bears the memory of that generation. The cultural auditorium beside the site and the old maple tree enclose a spiritual space at the entrance of the village.
▼鸟瞰图，Aerial view © 吕晓斌
Left: the relationship between the site and the village; Right: Site condition
The corridor on the south of the ground floor encloses a square courtyard, which used to be the children’s playground. Standing in the corridor on the east side of the courtyard and looking west, one can grasp a clear view of the words “Long Live Chairman Mao” on the gable wall of the auditorium across the road. A continuous bamboo forest occupies the auditorium’s right side, while a century-old tall maple tree basks in sunshine and gentle breeze. The initial design took inspiration from these two scenes, which finally emerged as the enframed scenery with distant mountains and fields of the lobby and the South Water Courtyard. The two-storey building has a staircase on the west, a corridor on the south, and two pitched roofs. Standing on the south corridor of the second floor, one can see layered ridges and native clumps of trees in the spacious fields and a stream flowing down to the east along the slope. Farther still, the magnificent outlines of the distant villages and the uninterrupted, layered mountains fully come to view. As cool breeze caresses the cheeks, one must feel it very pleasant.
▼在没有正式名称前，我们总称它“稻香居”，设想在稻田里的一处惬意居所，Before the official name, we always called it Inaka Residence, envisioning it as a cozy place in the rice fields ©吕晓斌
▼独栋客房区，Independent courtyards © 吕晓斌
▼稻田之春，The field in spring © Being Studio
Integrate into earth and extend, the cultural legacy of the village
▼顺应地形的设计，Design in line with the terrain features
Covering an area of ten mu, the project is adjacent to the auditorium on the west and the Chunxi Spring on the east, with an elevation difference of around 4 or 5 meters. In line with the terrain features, the design kept the same scale as the previous primary school and the auditorium and extended the building from west to east, so as to make the project cling to the earth and extend along the horizon. The public space was arranged on the south of the first floor and guest rooms on the north of the second floor, with a courtyard in the central area. The lobby and restaurant are situated on the highland on the west, while the swimming pool was set below the pine garden on the north side of the lobby based on a natural elevation difference. The recreational space extends westward to the book bar surrounded on three sides by courtyards, tactically and naturally smoothing the elevation difference. The reception area and the recreational area open up toward the outside at different levels, seamlessly connecting with the farmland. Along with the Chunxi Spring on the east side, lanes were set up between the independent courtyards of five one-to-two-storey buildings. Therefore, the horizontal extension of the rooftops contributes to the richness and delicateness of the village.
▼南水院，South Water Courtyard ©周利
▼北松园，Pine Garden © 吕晓斌
▼北松园夜景，Pine Garden night view © 吕晓斌
The changes of courtyards, and borrowing scenery from the environment
The changes and transformations of the space are realized by the connection of multi-level courtyards. The subtle borrowing scenery helps the space have a dialogue with the surrounding landscapes. The space spans from the South Water Courtyard, through the Pine Garden on the north of the lobby and the Cherry Garden of Book Bar, and to the Moon Gate at the end of the laneway of the courtyard. The north-facing Moon Gate frames a not-too-distant hill, where the gable and hip roof of a temple sits on the bamboo forest, shimmering on the sunlight. The wooden box in the lobby captures the field and mountain views. The surrounding scenery, changing as the season varies, are reflected in the water of the South Water Courtyard.
▼大堂，Lobby © 空间摄影杨耿亮
▼大堂吧，Lobby Bar © 吕晓斌
▼从水院望向大堂吧，View to the lobby bar from the water yard ©吕晓斌
The South Water Courtyard is located on the left side of the lobby, whose central axis corresponds to the gable wall of the auditorium. The two stone gable walls form a dark frame, through which people can catch sight of the rippling waves and the distinctive outline of the gable wall. Beside the gate, the square water courtyard presents the reflections of the gable wall and the old maple tree. The colonnades on both sides standing in the water unveil a mixed virtual and real image and mountains in the distance appear ethereal.
▼南水院，South Water Courtyard © 空间摄影杨耿亮
Poetic dwelling, bearing memorable times
The hotel is anchored in the rice field so that its customers are surrounded by these fields. All the natural elements, such as mountains, bamboos, pine trees, plum creek, and rice fields, create pure pastoral sceneries that can be appreciated everywhere and all year round. The natural landscapes are blended into the building to create a rural spatial environment. In this way, it is aimed to be built into a high-end resort hotel that provides guests with comfortable and exquisite rooms with modern and stylish features, where they can enjoy the landscapes and idylls at four seasons.
▼独栋客房区，Independent courtyards ©吕晓斌
▼客房，Guest rooms ©空间摄影杨耿亮
▼酒窖，Wine Cellar © 空间摄影杨耿亮
▼稻田之秋，The field in autumn © Being Studio
▼鸟瞰图，Aerial view © 吕晓斌
▼剖立面，Elevation – Section
▼客房平面，A Room plan A
▼客房平面B，Room plan B
项目设计 & 完成年份：2016-2020年