Beijing-based architect Lei Tao and his design team at Taolei Architectural Design have designed a mountain resort that coexists harmoniously with the site’s peculiarities and vegetation as it unfolds on two hillsides while following the contour lines of the existing river
Named Fungzen Forest Healing Resort, the project has recently been awarded a 2022 International Architecture Awards Honorable Mention by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The building site is presented as two rectangles with connected corners, and the width across the valley stream is less than three meters.
The butterfly shape is the result of connecting a rectangular site across two hillsides by service space.
At the same time, it conforms to the contour lines, and the internal functions of the building are divided by different ground elevations.
Butterfly shape can also be understood as two V-shaped cuts cut into the building, facing two distant places of the valley respectively, introducing the natural landscape into the interior and embracing nature.
The other two sides of the building are embedded in the mountain, and the channel of stream and mountain road is still reserved under the overhead It is a leisure and holiday service space in the mountain forest in the suburb of Hangzhou, China.
The design starts from the concrete environment.
The first thing we consider is what kind of space device can talk with this mountain forest, and can better conform to the terrain and integrate into nature.
The special conditions of the site determine the particularity of the building. butterfly-shaped building.
To keep some trees indoors, the vertical structure is designed as a “column courtyard,” which is a pillar in the structural meaning, and a “miniature courtyard” with one tree preserved in the spatial meaning.
The roof is a stepped slope, which can be used as a forest theater for small-scale performances. The
The interior space is unified by this sloping roof, and it is full of rhythm as the ground elevation changes.
By building such a space, we hope that every viewer will be in the most relaxed state, and can see a world with its own special rhythm, which is different from usual.
Project: Fungzen Forest Healing Resort
Architects: Taolei (Beijing) Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Lead Architect: Lei Tao
Design Team: Zhen Chen, Ye Tao, Zhenqiang Dun, Linna Yuan, Yunyi Dai, Tong Shi, and Lang Sun
General Contractor: Xia Qi (Shanghai) Architectural Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Client: Zhejiang Fengmaniu Changle Cultural Tourism Co., Ltd
Photographers: Tao Lei