Rural Areas should not be Followers of the City
Committed to preserving the history and environmental context as much as possible, hyperSity Architects sieved out the advantages of a traditional village cave house and combined it with modern elements. The result is an reinvention of rural aesthetics and a new benchmark for rehabilitation projects.
The original house is one of typical traditional cave courtyard in the village, in disrepair, and almost collapsed condition. Given the advantage of warmness in winter and coolness in summer, the design follows tectonic of vernacular cave dwellings, but ensures that that each room is well ventilated and lighted.
The southwest wing caves are transformed into a couple of independent spaces, which contain a kitchen, bedrooms, storage room, a dining room and a toilet. Connected through a winding path akin to the Chinese garden, five open courtyards are scattered in between to introduce air circulation and daylight penetration.
The northern main cave is preserved and divided into two rooms; the inner space as bedroom and the outer space as living room. a circular glass light well. A circular skylight is devised in the middle of the cave. The main entrance is transformed into a wooden grid façade and a glass curtain wall to light up the main cave area.
Rammed earth is used as the main building material for its affordability, strength and durability. It also relates to the local building traditions and fill the interior with the warmth and simplicity similar to wood.
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