The project is located in Beimen (North Gate) Village, Wansheng Black Valley Scenic Area, Chongqing, covering an area of 4,900 square meters. The original site of the project is a local rural primary school. Due to the loss of students, it is quietly hidden in the middle of the mountain after being abandoned. It was stopped not long ago,so the school buildings and playgrounds are kept quite intact.
The project owner is a lady who lives a happy life in the cultural communication industry. It is a coincidence that she contacted wiht the project. The background of the cultural company she is engaged in makes her have special feelings for schools. The owner decides to revitalize this elementary school and do something meaningful for the local community. Retaining and continuing the school's innocent temperament immediately became our design consensus, and this pure and natural atmosphere is the essence of this place.
Although the tourism economy of the Wansheng Black Valley has developed rapidly, there is a lack of boutique resort hotels in the area. The whole project is positioned as a humanities art hotel. The business form is mainly based on cultural training and accommodation. On the one hand, it satisfies the needs of the district tourism upgrade, and on the other hand, it continues the original functions of the school. The most important thing is to combine with the owner's background advantage. There is a row of neat cedar trees between the main teaching building and the playground. It has been growing with the school for decades. During the sun, the natural beauty of the light is impressive, so the whole project is named“IN BETWEEN柳杉间”,which indicates that all this is a story about time, place, and emotion that is unfolding under the cedar tree.
The original site is a platform on the mountainside. The main building is an L-shaped brick-concrete structure with a height difference of more than ten meters between the main building and the playground. Due to the needs of regional development, one main road was planned next to the school. Although the original tranquil atmosphere was affected, the cultural commercial value of the school was revealed. In the overall planning and design, combined with the dynamic and static distribution structure of the site, two functions are added on the left and right sides, namely the hotel living room and the library, while the main building in the middle, we have planned the accommodation function of 25 rooms. On the left and right sides of the new building and the main building, the cedar tree is surrounded by a courtyard, which makes the site more concentrated, which is in line with the needs of commercial operations. As Heidegger said: Architecture is a bridge. The new building creates a connection between the original building and the cedar tree, creating a new Spirit of place between human and architecture, between human and nature, and between architecture and nature.
In the architectural design method, the "Ground-hugging" architectural form is adopted by the height difference relationship of the site, which is the visualization of the natural structure, and also the attribution of the earth and the " free attribute" in the space. The building as a whole is in a simple and pure form to respond to the original innocence of the venue. The scenic spot is cold and humid in winter and the rain is abundant. Therefore, there are local considerations in material selection and treatment of the eaves. The selection of architectural colors is also extracted from the surrounding natural colors, so that the whole is better integrated into the environment.
The building extends to purely interior, internal and external integration. Spatial planning on clever and subtle, pressing and releasing blending. We have fully studied in the light and airy places, indoors done a lot of processing light wells, sunlight into the room, so that light became the protagonist of the space, it makes the room full of emotion different periods.
In the planning of the plane, we always pay attention to the outdoor landscape, so that whether it is in the hall or the room, the attention of people will always stay in the outdoor natural landscape, especially the cedar trees. As the main building is a brick structure, planning the room can only be done in the original classroom pattern carefully removed and the new, wide channel outside the classroom becomes the original balcony of the room, coupled with bathtub and deck chairs, facing cedar trees ,you can quietly stay in the air for a whole day.
Landscape design substantially retained to keep the original vegetation and texture, just storing clean, delicate balance between old and new. The owner's moss from the local mountains is full of vitality under the woods. The preserved playground also provides excellent venue conditions for future national performances and cultural training, even for small concerts, these are also matched with the positioning of the project.
We deliberately kept the blackboards and children's paintings in the original classrooms in the building and made them integrate into the new design. After the hotel was opened, the teacher of the previous school specially came back to see the paintings of the children she used to teach, she was very touched and emotional. In the finishing work of the construction, a worker who trimmed the cedar forest was the primary school student who participated in planting these trees. This school has been here for more than 30 years and it is a memory of many local people. We need to keep these memories,and we always believe that the spiritual category comfort of the years and time is the real luxury.
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