Bamboo Resort Rising from A Paddy Field

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Asia
  • Company/Firm
    Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD
  • Lead Designer
    Yunchao Xu
  • Other Designer(s)
    Hongrui Liu, Jiachuan Qi, Xiangyi Lan, Jianxuan Chen, Ruidong Xing, Tianxiong Li
  • Photo Credit
    Yunchao Xu
  • Location
    Jian, China
  • Project Date
  • Architect
    Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD
  • Interior Designer
    Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron/SZAD
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There used to be an abandoned cement factory on the site. After two years of research and communication, we proposed an exciting renewal plan to build an ecological rural cultural resort. The ground level of the building is a LOOP public space gently rising from the fields. The upper level is a mini town consisting of 68 living units with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Facing the large rice field on the east side, it is a group of vault villa, where people and paddy fields are in super-close contact. On the west side, towards the river and mountains, there is a series of flat suites with customized private courtyards.

In our design, local bamboo is rough-processed through a series of traditional crafts to become architectural elements such as bamboo tiles, bamboo bricks, and bamboo floors. We also use the local rammed earth technology to combine various bamboo pieces with mountain granite pieces to form a unique exterior wall system. Overall, local natural materials accounted for more than 83% of the total project materials. The remaining concrete, steel and glass were strictly designed as recyclable elements, prefabricated at the factory and assembled on site.