The project is located in Hangzhou, close to the West Lake scenic area, with excellent mountain view resources on the north side, beautiful surroundings, convenient transportation and easy access to the city. The owners wanted to create a residence that was open yet able to maintain privacy to meet their needs for their second home. With the concept of a garden within a garden, the project creates a comfortable and natural living environment through multi-level courtyards and spaces.
The overall spatial layout of the front, back, and side yards is formed by placing three small one- to two-story buildings. A two-entry internal central courtyard is enclosed by connecting the three single buildings to each other and excavating the site. Combined with the height difference between the west and east sides of the site, a four-entry space from the front yard to the back yard is formed. The different functional living spaces are arranged around the courtyard statically and dynamically to create a secluded spatial experience.
The large and light eaves impress with their simple form. The use of dark bamboo wood and raw-touch green tiles to form the cornice contrasts with the surrounding bamboo wood and light-colored limestone and floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall. This clever combination of materials creates a front-to-back separation effect that accentuates the eaves while adding a unique texture and layering to the building. This design shows the building's grandeur while maintaining a light appearance, lending a special charm to the entire building.