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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Xiamen Guanyin Mountain Chamber in China by H&W Design Office

 
March 22nd, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: H&W Design Office 

The sense of literature of Xiamen is more profound than the freshness of walking by the sea, it is rooted in the undulating waves . The light of the interior space is soft, and the deep sense of modern has kept the low-key luxury temperament of old Shanghai, thus the room presents a narrative tone.

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

  • Designers: H&W Design Office (HU Ke, WANG Rui)
  • Project: Xiamen Guanyin Mountain Chamber
  • Location: Xiamen, China
  • Photography: SHI Yunfeng
  • Area: 1280㎡
  • Project time: Sep., 2017

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Because the size of the building is not large, all functions are centered on the elevator shaft. As every space is shallow , and the sunshine of the coastal city is strong, the sunlight will make the room manic. Thus, the designers get rid of routine colors used in traditional therapy spaces; instead, they  use massive blue to fulfill the therapy and emotional comfort functions of the space. 

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Entrance, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Watching through the glass atthe entrance , a piece of Taihu  Rock Painting comes into the eye, the texture of the ancient stone is fired from Mongolia black, it brings in the poetic imagery of garden.  Damour’s sculpture is a metaphor of the return of Zen aesthetics.

Diet therapy Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Get closer to the reception desk,  you could see that handmade bronze is used on the Chinese medicine counter top which manifests a sense of noble. The dark and light colored rectangular marble tiles evoke the memory of the half dry ground after the rain in our childhood.

Reception, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Diet therapy Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The round mirror on the wall of the diet therapy  area learns from the view-borrowing method of bay window in Suzhou garden,  and combines scenery with the sight skillfully. As described in Ji Cheng’ s Yuanzhi “there is not fixed forms in building a garden, you could borrow any view that could help to create a nice scenery”. While the evening comes and  light is waning, the reflection of the mirror can add soft brightness to the space.

Diet therapy Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Diet therapy Area , Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Leisure Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

In the leisure area, a pine and cypress gives off a strong taste of literati. Behind the screen,  there is the “sea” that takes in hundreds of rivers which represents a broad mind. New Chinese bookshelves and leather couches in the space are usually the symbol of successful men, designers enlarge the size of the traditional chair to make it more comfortable. So while enjoying the great sea view, a royal conference experience is available.

Leisure Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Leisure Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Blue and white porcelain with texture of Ru Ware, artworks and all kinds of books are placed on the shelf. There is a book named Give You a Horse written by the famous writer San Mao, which says that people love horse, and some of them regard it as their dream. Chinese people’s complex of horses for thousands of years has been revived in this house. If we want to use the language of shaping to express the agitation and strength carried by horse, it should be sculpture art. To awaken your beloved horse in your heart, and to raise it in a literary garden.

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Book Bar, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Massive wood finishes used in the space have created a rare Chinese style atmosphere of Ming Dynasty. As Ji Cheng says in  “House” that design philosophy for houses in Ming Dynasty is “follow the simple and elegant fashion, and  choose dignified and decent ancient elements” means to follow fashion trend should adopt its elegant and simple elements, while using ancient elements should capture its  dignified and decent features. This is also the attitude of the two designers to  do traditional and innovative design.

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The curtain helps to weaken strong sunlight at high noon of Xiamen seaside while enriching space levels. The hand-painted herb on the wall and the simple lamp reformed from Kongming Lantern show the open folk customs of the Tang Dynasty and the culture integration of the space.

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The collision between Chinese element and modern element is very  fantastic. You might think that these two styles are irrelevant, but in eyes of the two designers, they are extremely harmonious.  The concise and magnificent modern design is dotted with Chinese classical landscape. Blue velvet sofa in the leisure area is like the turning point of the story telling by this space.

Multi-function room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Leisure Area, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Massive use of quit blue on walls and the floor in the multifunction room is an extremely beautiful scenery, as charming and graceful as  Pablo Picasso ‘s masterpieces Blue Room.

Multifunction Room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

Multifunction Room, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The sofa in female VIP is in modern red of old Shanghai. Coupled with the eye-catching Retro yellow of the wall painting, every color has different visual expressions, and thus create an effect of  contrast in style and a sense of fashion. Old elements used in this modern simple living space is not  redundant, but is just right.

Female VIP, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The traditional Chinese chair has a spark of metallic luster, and the side table is in unconventional cage shape. Antique appearance combines with modern functions; they are being nostalgic while ensuring cozy and  convenient required by modern life.

Female guest VIP, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

You can taste Xiamen local tea in Male Guest VIP Area. The customized  carpet with enjoyable black gray lines  echoes and consistent with the ceiling light.

Male guest VIP, Image Courtesy © SHI Yunfeng

The feeling of design is the accumulation of life. “Memories of the places you have been to, the tea that you have tasted, the sunshine that you have enjoyed might be awakened slowly  in  the process of communication. When any of them  matches with the demands of the client, you will find an opportunity to express.”

With the hope of healing the mind, the H& W design team seeks a balance between modern and tradition, so as to start the journey of healing that goes beyond artistic conception.

Image Courtesy © H&W Design Office

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