The Water House

Lijiang / China / 2009

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The water house is a private club, located at the foot of snow mountain Yulong in Lijiang. Sitting on a wide open sloping site, which has a panoramic view towards Lijing ancient town and the surrounding landscape, the house has an open yet closed courtyard space. Closed in the sense, it is “secured” and “separated” physically from the ‘outside world” by design elements such as stone wall, reflective pool and leveling; yet it is open visually towards the outside environment. The low profile architectural language by using local material and simple “non-experimental” tectonic skill is meant to blend the “artificial” into the nature and local culture. Here, focus is given to space and atmosphere. Emphasis is on local-texture and non-decorative detailing, the idea is to make the house a background, from which, nature could be appreciated to its extreme. Besides the steel structure which was contracted to a professional team, the rest of the construction was done by local villager’s team, this is not simply to reduce the cost, but a clear message of regional engagement with architecture practice in the local context.
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    The water house is a private club, located at the foot of snow mountain Yulong in Lijiang. Sitting on a wide open sloping site, which has a panoramic view towards Lijing ancient town and the surrounding landscape, the house has an open yet closed courtyard space. Closed in the sense, it is “secured” and “separated” physically from the ‘outside world” by design elements such as stone wall, reflective pool and leveling; yet it is open visually towards the outside environment. The low profile...

    Project details
    • Year 2009
    • Work started in 2006
    • Work finished in 2009
    • Main structure Wood
    • Client Xu
    • Contractor Yuhu Village
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Private clubs/recreation centres
    • Websitehttp://www.lixiaodong.net/en_home.asp
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