The project is located in HufengMountain Village, Zengjia Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing City. It is built by an old path and is hidden in the forest. Along the pavement, you can see the site of the Hufeng Temple, which is buried in the grass on the top of the mountain, with only several Buddhas remained inside. That is the origins of the name of the project. With the gradual development of Chongqing University Town, where Hufeng Mountain Village is located, during these years, it has added a strong artistic atmosphere to Hufeng Mountain, which is only 20-minute drive from the core area of the University Town. Many artists from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing University and other universities have settled in Hufeng Village, opening studios, galleries, hostel and tea houses.
before and after renovation, (left) after renovation / (right) before renovation
Inheritance and Renewal
The renewal of the building brings the thinking and reshaping of the relationship between old and new. The base of the project is a courtyard house enclosed by a broken earthen wall. To inherit the special characteristics and culture of the mountain villages in the southwestern region of China, the newly buildings try to restore the original form of the site by controlling the scale and encirclement of the volume. Another point also shows the respect for the original site: the vertical distance between the site and the upper road is about 50 meters, but both the designer and the owner insisted on not repairing the road, so the only link is a stone foot path that is about one meter wide. The visitors walks on the bluestone slab, accompanied by the breeze blowing through the bamboos. After passing through a pool, they saw the old earthen wall at the end and they know that they arrive their destination, as experiencing a spiritual baptism of natural and a journey full of the sense of ritual.
▼進口處的游客款待驛站，entrance to the guest house
▼下部為夯土墻，上方為玻璃體塊，二者構成對比，contrast between the rammed earth walls and the glass box above
Excepting inheritance and retention, it is more important to think about how to activate and revitalize. After negotiating with the owner, the designer decided to abandon some use of the ground floor area to retaining the old wall along the pavement. Waterproofing is the key to protect the earthen wall. In order to prevent the erosion of rainwater，a tea house with a good view is structured over the earthen wall. In terms of materials, it is mainly used steel and glass to create a strong contrast with the traditional wall below. Sitting in the tea house, when you look up, there is the forest; when you looking down, there is the old earthen walls, which is a dialogue between modern and traditional. In addition, most of the enclosed structures in the lower public spaces, such as intangible cultural heritage exhibition halls and restaurants, use the improved earthen wall with new technology, which are both an echo of the old earthen walls and an injection of new vitality. Strolling between the courtyards, walking through the building, from the old earthen walls at the entrance, to the prime concrete of the main building, then to the steel structure of stairs at the corner, all shows the logic of the evolution of the material from tradition to modern, which reflects the designer’s response and interpretation of the new and old relationship of this venue. This old house has been “reborn” at this moment.
▼玻璃體塊內為餐廳，dining space in the glass box
▼一層非遺展廳，exhibition room on the first floor
▼鄉間書屋與無邊水池，study room with infinity pool
▼院子細部，details of the courtyard
Today there are lots of people who passionate about nature. The guest house is such a work exudes the sense of nature，from the landscape to the craft. The entrance corridor is paved by the remaining bamboo rafts which are embedded in the soil, interspersed with gravel. Walking into the courtyard, there are no traces of artificial design of the landscapes. The naturally growing weeds have no sense of desolate, but adding more vitality. Throughout the yard, from the southeast to the northwest, through the layout of the building and the change of the floor height, we can form the overlapping and virtual-real line-of-sight relationship. Across the corridor next to the reading space, a three-story building appears with an elegant courtyard and lawn，which could be a big surprise. The sense of“wild”infiltrates into every corner of the space, showing the beauty of nature without artificial design.
▼西院的三層客房，three-leveled guest house in the west courtyard
▼樹影斑駁的一米陽臺，one-meter balcony with tree shadows
▼清晨的客房與天臺，guest room and terrace in the early morning
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▼一層平面圖，first floor plan
▼二層平面圖，second floor plan
▼三層平面圖，third floor plan
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