Tongling Recluse (Historic Building Renovation) by Ziyu Zhuang
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Taoist culture “the three begets all things of the world” gave birth to the combined form. The appearance responded to the local culture, sustainable ecological concept and the combination of new and old. The curves were partly brought in the plan so as to separate an alienated imaginary space from the original projection profile. Combined with the extensive imaginary space, an alternating spatial curved surface was formed. The interlaced spaces enriched the design.
Tongling Recluse is originally a damaged mixed style dwelling. For the layout, we added a span in the west as well as the south-north. The traditional folding roof and a streamline combined into one, reflecting Taoist culture “the three generates everything”. The previous walls shaped the main space, which now are interior partitions. We marked original old bricks and rebuild the wall with them after finishing the new foundation. Thus, we responded to the local culture and eco-sustainability.
Design Challenges
There are 3 challenges to realize this project. First of all, the time for the construction is short, just 40 days. Secondly, the local manual technique is limited, which made some part of the design hard to achieve. Last but not least, the relationship between traditional culture and new culture is difficult to balance, since this is a renovation program. Accordingly, Tongling Recluse is not just a simple residential building, but an achievement combining new culture to the traditional one.
Production Technology
From an engineering point of view, the Tongling Recluse Historic Building Renovation by Ziyu Zhuang is a good example of a highly-developed project.
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