Shidao Resort, is the first time Duoxiang studio practices in the real nature. From design drawing to the reality, it lasts three years（2013-2015）.
Shidao Resort, located in Weihai,Shandong, belongs to an domestic technology company which origins in Shandong. The original purpose of this project is to create an elegant and healthy leisure place, then the exact function gradually tus out to be characterized as a Boutique cultural hotel through communication. From the site selecting, planning, formulation of the usage requirements, till the development of the motif and content, Duoxiang Studio participated in the whole process. Acting as Chief Designer, Duoxiang Studio completed all designs including architecture, landscape, interior and other Engineering with Collaborators. They identify Shidao Resort as the spiritual home of Goertek, appreciating the meaning of ‘Home’. They hope it could be a response to some of the peoples’ essential requirements. ‘Life’, ‘Atomosphere’, and ‘Place’ become the key conces during three years’ discussion.
Architecture is by no means autonomous. On the contrary, it provides a place for human existence. Place is formed by the relationships between building with the environment, with other buildings, and with people. Architecture becomes an overall layout, the inspiration of which comes from dialogues—dialogues between the mountain, water, trees, stones, flowers and doors, walls, bridges, steps and coices. In every detail there exist various relations. Therefore, they working methodology lies as follows: first, they would define the topography between building and the environment, and between building and other buildings, so as to emancipate ourselves to the rigid geometry and symmetry; then, they would continuously adjust the exact relation and location of each place according to mutual influences between different parts. This is a game between precise and vagueness.
At the beginning, the village and the temple become Duoxiang''s study cases, for their naturalness, completeness and variety. Each building in the village has its own character no matter how similar they look like. That''s because they were built according to various conditions and needs, just like mushrooms growing independently from each other. They choose a layout similar to the village, putting wood buildings into several groups on the platform surrounding the little hill. This comparatively loose layout brings about some redundant, inexact space, which allows vagueness. Though it causes large amounts of working hours, its benefits are also obvious: easy to adjust and to dialogue with the nature. Meanwhile, because of the separation among the buildings, it would surely reduce a large number of construction errors.
The process of design is also the process for the building to grow. The combination of ‘site planning’ and ‘building’, that is to say, the demanding from the location, function and the environment of a building works together to a solution, which is at the same time proceeded with the design of wooden structural form. In each adjustment, designer rediscover the characters of single-pitch, double-pitch and hipped roof: the single-pitch roof has an explicit orientation, which could be used as the foreground of the mountain; the double-pitch has two orientations, which could transit two spaces; the hipped roof has strong existence, which could be put independently on a vacant platform. Even under the same structural form variations could still take place: with or without the space under the coice; the depth of the space under the coice; with or without the coer pillar to create a continuous space. All these instruments respond to the demands in the growing process of the building.
The team believe that design is about people''s perception, while form is just a part of the design. Places are constituted by buildings, landscape and facilities, which all contributes to perception. They do not occupy our time totally on architectural design. Instead, they spend time on imagining the life, which means, they tu ourselves into users. Their design interwines in two viewpoints: looking out from the space under the coice, and looking back from the garden. During the consistent experiences of coming and going, stay, and wandering, observation becomes being observed at the same time.
During the long term of design process, the team change over and over again. They work together with their clients, discussing the living mode, establishing common grounds, and finding out proper pursuit. In one year and a half, they finally work out schematic design. They persistently and equally talk to our clients, which makes this building something created both by architect and client. It is not a product that is implanted from somewhere else, nor is it the “art work” out of the architect’s narcissus. It has the character that belongs to the north China, to Shandong Province, as well as the spirit that this place urges. Because of the complicated conditions of the site, and because of the incompleteness and carelessness of the basic information , we encounter large amounts of problems during construction. However, thanks to our on-site working through the entire course, the design is benefited through several changes and transformations, many of which is decided, judged and adjusted on site. Under this working method, the result tus out to be abnormally open, dynamic and rich, much like the models (village and temple) we always study and refer to. Because they are all plain practices rooted in the environment, not the closed and ideal products out of mind. This kind of design presents a kind of beauty that is healthy and not strange.
Project Name: Shidao Resort (Dotcom, Taoyuan Hotel)
Project Location: Shidao, Weihai, Shandong
Client: Goertek Company
Architects: Duoxiang Studio
Interior Designers: Duoxiang Studio + Songtao Space Design Co., Ltd
Landscape Designers: Duoxiang Studio + Farmerson Architects
Structure Designers: Duoxiang Studio
Electricity: Beijing Minglic Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.
Total Site Area: 9433m²
Total Floor Area: 7189m²
Project Year: 2015
The first design stage: 2013.3-2014.10 (Construction drawings)
The second design stage: 2014.10-2015.12(Site design adjustment phase, total number of the Change Orders: 149)