The project is located in Chuanzihe village, Yijun County, Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province, China.
When we first arrived at Chuanzihe village, our first feeling was being shocked, the vast land, the magnificent mountains and rivers.
After we gradually entered the village, the experience that the cave in the village gave us was like an old man, as the years passed and he still sat still. The story here should not be sealed, but we should continue to sing.
So we want to take this kind of feeling as the design basis, highlight the heavy texture of the mountain village, and combine with the lifestyle of modern people to reproduce a familiar but different feeling. We define the design concept as "Miniature of The Mountains, Fragment of The Old Building".
The base is located at the top of a mountain, overlooking the villages and the mountains. In combination with the fan-shaped plan of the original building scheme, we have added a semi underground Library in the inner yard. We hope that there will be not only an open-door view and display, but also a subtle tea room and Book house. We hope that there are various levels of space here. The ground, underground and roof are all spaces for people's activities.
We shape the building into a spiral staircase, which is also like the well-known local terraces: "the fingerprint of the earth". There are small mountain bags and squares. We hope it is like the "miniature" of the land of mountains and rivers here, like the "miniature" of chuanzi River culture.
Approaching here, we hope that the architectural construction method, materials and details of the details are the same as the texture of the old house and kiln cave. Although there are many modern space feelings, people can't help but imagine what kind of story happened here. We hope that here is like a "fragment" of the old house.
As shown in the figure, "one side is‘loneliness’, one side is gathering". We hope that it contains spaces with different personalities. If we want to see alone, or gather people to be lively, or walk upstream and downstream, or enjoy tea and stars, we have corresponding places to go. We hope that every window and angle of view of it can make people surprise, such as picture setting, interesting perspective, unexpected light, etc.
We want the whole space to be comfortable and smooth, and we want it to be as natural as it grows out of the earth.
Coming to Chuanzihe village from the town, it is the first sight to see the project. This first impression is very important. We hope it to be "symbolic", strong impact, but it is integrated with the natural. It belongs here.
We hope the building to be like a continuation of the mountain, to "complete" the original flat mountain top. We hope it's bright at night, but it should be more like a local house than a "tower". We hope that the "totem lamp" is the "soul" here.
We hope it will be an open feeling as soon as we enter the yard, the roof here can also be circled from the "back". There is a small slope like a miniature of the mountain. There is a semi underground Library inside the slope, the visual relationship between the library and the yard is very interesting. There are also some "hidden" small spaces in the back. The outline of the building echoes the outline of the mountains. This "totem lamp" is embedded underground, there will be children trying to stamp it out.
We hope the interior here is more concise, contrast with the outdoor scenery, it's like a piece of white paper to set off the view outside the windows, and the windows become frames to show the outdoor fragments of the scene. The random distribution of lights like stars makes this interior reflect the fragments of the night sky.
Part of the sky and semi underground library can be seen through the lobby window, we'd like to see more of this interesting perspective. Visual overlay of square and arch through several windows, from plain to concise and then to plain again in one picture. We hope that in this way, the space feelings of modern language and traditional architecture will collide with each other and create sparks. It's like a fragment of the old building.
We hope the multi-functional hall is simple, flexible and bright. The ground is like the outside, the lower part of the wall is also the texture of the soil wall. It's like the whole room grows out of geography. It's also an interesting contrast with the modern upper part. This is also the embodiment of “Miniature of The Mountains, Fragment of The Old Building”.
Outdoor viewing platform and indoor can be linked to make exhibition and other activities more flexible.
Each window is a viewfinder. At some angle, the two windows overlap each other, the small hillside and sky figures in the viewing platform yard together create a composition of "micro terrain", it's like a picture of four seasons, recording the story of every time segment. Visitors on the roof can interact with the people below if they don't want to be "lonely".
This is a semi underground library with the same section, arch and span as the traditional cave dwelling, but the plane is curved. Space main frame form is the same as traditional cave dwelling. Arched wall (and ceiling) material remains earthy. We hope it is very “cave dwelling”. We hope it to be more flexible and modern in placing windows. Circular skylight is good for lighting during the day and more interesting. In night it is also a good place for indoor Stargazing. Square side windows will be very practical. Different visual interaction with the yard on the ground. The bookshelves with walls are not only function but also atmosphere lamps and make people feel more warm. All main light are recessed downlights corresponding to the skylight. It's small and full. The exhibition area is large and simple.
At the end of the library is a bar. Coffee, soft drinks and light meals are served during the day, alcohol provided at night.
In a corner, we hope to have a wisp of smoke, a beam of sunlight is on it. The smoke stirred slightly, time is about to stop.