A FRESH TAKE ON A HIDDEN RETREAT VILLAGE

CHECK OUT HOW THESE ARCHITECTS REBUILT A RETREAT VILLAGE WITHOUT COMPROMISING ITS NATURAL BEAUTY

If you ever find yourself in the province of Zhejiang, China, looking for a tranquil place to appreciate the refreshing beauty of the country, this retreat village is a great choice. Known as the Origin Villa, this hidden village now features stunning rammed-earth walls made using local soil. Additionally, the architects also designed the houses in a way that tourists can still fully enjoy the abundant scenery of the site while blending with the existing houses. They used various local materials, such as bamboo, red bricks, stone, as well as carbonized wood, to highlight each building’s unique site situation.

There are six buildings scattered through the contour line of the mountainous terrain. They all point in different directions, ensuring that there is still a good view of the mesmerizing landscape outside. Since the village is free of any surrounding light at night, the architects decided to use light fixtures that will enhance the seamless finish and rounded edges of the interior, including walls and ceilings. The resulting warmth of light only makes the rooms feel more cozy and peaceful. The whole site encompasses a total of 660-square-metre area.

Blending into the landscape of the village, we hope to give a new perspective of the beautiful scenery through our architecture.

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