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Twin Tree Pavilion in Suzhou, China by Atelier Archmixing

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Archmixing

Twin Trees Pavilion by Atelier Archmixing  Shanghai based Atelier Archmixing has recently changed a former pigpen into a cozy pavilion in a small traditional town located in Yangtze Delta area. It is a supplement for two traditional style residences, providing an extra place for meeting and recreation, just nearby a hill planted with orange trees.  Two big trees, a 20-year-old neem and a 15-year-old orange dominate the site and lend inspiration to the design as well as the name.

Image Courtesy TANG Yu

  • Architects: Atelier Archmixing
  • Project: Twin Tree Pavilion
  • Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Program: meeting and recreation
  • Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm
  • Design/Completion: 2012
  • Client: ZHANG Hong
  • Design Team: ZHUANG Shen, TIAN Danni
  • Main Contractor: WANG Zikui
  • Photographer: TANG Yu
  • Software used: Sketchup and AutoCAD


Thompson House in Isle of Wight, UK by Manser Practice Architects

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Article source: Manser Practice Architects

The Clients brief was for their weekend and holiday house, a compact 1960’s bungalow, to be enlarged, giving more living accommodation and enhancing the views of the sea to the north and west. Maintaining the private/secret nature of the site was also a requirement.

An initial proposal to simply add a glass pavilion living room to the existing house appeared to fulfil the brief.  Keeping the house single storey kept the building low enough not to have a view of nearby houses but adding the new space to the north of the existing house located the main living space in a position with a more commanding view over the woods below to the Solent beyond.

Image Courtesy Morley Von Sternberg

  • Architects: Manser Practice Architects
  • Project: Thompson House
  • Location: Isle of Wight, UK
  • Contractor: John Peck Construction Ltd
  • Glazing: Fineline Aluminium
  • Steel Frame: DMR Engineering (I.W) Limited
  • Structural Engineer: Elliot Wood Partnership
  • Ground Stability: Malcolm Woodruff Associates
  • Landscape Architect: John Brookes Landscape Designer
  • Timber Cladding: Alan Bright Timber Merchant


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