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Village House Renovation

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Xian Architects

2015.12.01

In this program, renovation proposal from Alliance Architectural Design Team and Xian Architects is to redesign the old house with the ultimate respect for it.Among these, Light · Trajectory from Alliance Architectural Design Team is to take advantage of the existing features of a low outer room and high inner room of the original two-bay building to create feelings of different spaces. The outer room is low,cycloid becomes an arch, the thin strip of sky in the middle above allows the light ray to write the trajectory on the ground. The inner room is high, similarly cycloid becomes an arch, supported with white tensioned membrane, allows the natural light to penetrate a couple of pieces of glasses and renovated membrane on the original building roof and diffuse in the space and transmit into light spots, telling the fleeting time. Mirror in the inner room allows visitors to feel their own beings. Light, shadow, mirror, and old house allow visitors to feel the flowing time.

Xian Architects' renovation proposal is to use bamboo flooring, invoke the common tatami lifter as the floor lifting equipment, turning the old house into a changeable space to accommodate three typical statuses:. Exhibition / dancing house, herbal tea house and discussion house Regarding the design vocabulary, stones are carefully selected to ensure an absolute respect for the historical legacy of the old house, while at the same time to stimulate even more subtle new relations. The newly designed space offers greater flexibility and adaptability to display of other contents and space utilization.

The old house after renovation will also be a venue for arts and events, while video, behaviors and images open opportunities for dialogues, such as projection Social Plants and Thoughts Cramp by Xu Tan, behavior plan Drop In by Tang Yuhan, curatorial proposal Decameron- Tongyuanju Plan by Wang Haichuan, as well as Straightforward by Li Rongqiang would be parts of the Tailored Steps.