House G

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architecture –– Living Space
  • Company/Firm
    Interval Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Oscar KO, GU Yunduan
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    FANG Hanqi, ZHOU Yi, CHEN Heqiao, YE Changqing
  • Location
    Shanghai, China
  • Project Date
  • Architect
    Interval Architects / Oscar KO + GU yunduan
  • Interior Designer
    Interval Architects / Oscar KO + GU yunduan

Amid the intense commercial development of China’s countryside, House G is an atypical mode of rural intervention. Rather than serving investors, the design is honestly based on the fundamental needs of users and their living habits. It is a house that reflects the domestic lives and activities of the family, as opposed to be a spectacle inserted in the suburban landscape.

House G is located in a village two hours away from Shanghai. The village has a set of rigid regulations governing the design of the house in terms of areas, height, etc. Local customs such as cultural traditions and building methodologies form another layer of constraints. The two sets of "rules" define the current domestic vernacular landscape in the rural areas of Southern China. As a response to these constraints, the house adopted a form that elegantly and humbly exists in the surrounding as opposed to be an icon imposed onto the landscape.

Interval Architects is a Shanghai-based architecture design practice co-founded by Oscar KO and GU Yunduan. The practice critically examines issues relating to urbanism, architecture and the environment. We believe that architecture should possess qualities that reflect specifities of its context and become a spatial production that belongs to a certain place and time. The practice has completed several representative projects including Tower of Bricks, Raffles Kindergarten Complex, House G and 1/2 stadium.

Other prizes
Awards - Saudi Arabia 2nd Prize, 2020 - Australia The Design Studio category - Shortlist, 2020 - UK Emerging Practice of the Year - Silver Prize, 2019 - USA Institutional Architecture category - Small Firm of the Year, 2019 - UK Emerging Architect of the Year category - Longlist, 2019 - USA Shanghai | Beijing Shortlist, 2019 - Germany Best of Best & Winner, 2019 - USA Winner, 2019 - USA Special Mention, 2019 - Italy Honorable mention, 2019 - Japan Shortlist, 2019 - Germany Honorable Mention, 2019 - UK Shortlist, 2019 - UK Shortlist, 2019 - Hong Kong Certificate of Excellence, 2018 - Hong Kong 2018 - Spain <2A Asia Architecture Award> Candidate Project, 2018 - China , 2018 - Hong Kong Merit Recognition, 2014 - Nomination for The 3rd China Media Architecture Award-Best Architecture Award, 2012