An Exploration into Spatial Freedom and Interactivity
This is an architect's house, a small space with special emotional sustenance created jointly with my father, a home woven with time, and a project to balance the extremely low cost with the construction skills of village masters
Design is just a beginning of space, while life is the extension of it. We named it “Half Space” because one half of the consideration comes from design and the other half goes back to real life.
住宅公共空间预览A preview of public space in the house© 吕晓斌
Since the Reform and Opening-up, a “third-generation” living type has appeared in rural areas of southern Zhejiang province, which has formed a unique local landscape of 5-storey residential buildings with narrow width and long depth. The style of multiple-storey and narrow-width has isolated each storey, homogenized functions, and reduced spatial interactions. Besides, the limited number of family members has led to a waste of the top storey in the house or even all high stories in the residential buildings.
原始现状original state © Yan
The unused top floor space is not supported by function and scenario
This project is a duplex principal residence located in a rural village in southern Zhejiang province. Y.AN Design took the space interactive experience as the opportunity to explore the reconstruction of the unused fifth storey and tries to build a space for family activities that can satisfy compound functional requirements.
客厅主透视Parlor master perspective © 吕晓斌
多个空间互相渗透Penetration of multiple spaces into each other© 吕晓斌
The ultimate of elegance is the spiritual freedom, which is the most profound human need. Freedom asks for balance which is achieved by the designer through the use of tranquility.
空间拆解示意图Schematic diagram of space disassembly
Based on the current situation, we added necessary daily functions. The original spatial pole was embedded in the wall. The storage room for big articles was hid in the remaining part of the ceiling. Moreover, we hope the main space is as flexible and clean as possible.
For the daily use zone, we creatively controlled the floor height to be 2.2m, while maximized the height of staircase and bedroom. This distinct difference brings a clear sense of space and subtle changes of the mood.
We inserted a half-floor attic in the spare height that meets the multi-level needs of activity and improves the sense of space
这是一个多个楼层共享的楼梯间,This staircase is shared by several floors © 吕晓斌
We replaced the original decorative handrails in the staircases
The left space and the non-frame super clear glass present a spatial rhythm between virtual and reality, imitating the scenario of a gallery
The lattice windows deliver multi-level scenarios which are independent and interpenetrated
The towering staircase is like a spiritual fortress
入户景窗View window at doorway© 吕晓斌
At the entrance of the staircase, we designed a set of windows with similar patterns as but in a different place from the outer windows, creating the view of picture in picture
多空间视线互动Multi space visual interaction© 吕晓斌
主体空间预览图A preview of main space© 吕晓斌
The design links daily life with each imaginary function zone. When the bedroom is open, all spaces are connected. The children can run through the whole space
开放的公共空间Open public Spaces© 吕晓斌
客厅Parlor © 吕晓斌
The design reserved the original slope space structure, a special space that provides the house with the most important living room. We have reduced decorative elements to the minimum and the lightweight steel and wood stairs is the visual focus.
A combination of bedroom and public space when opening the sliding door
Family activity is an important spatial foundation. So we set aside more space for daily activities while the bedroom is very small. The combined chamber set with sliding doors is used as a border. When opening the sliding doors, the bedroom is completely merged into the main space and the whole becomes a borderless private place
灵活可变的工作墙Flexible and changeable wall for work© 吕晓斌
Combined chamber set can be flexibly switched between different conditions
工作状态working © 吕晓斌
Intelligent roof light mixes mottled light in the space© 吕晓斌
一体的楼梯Integral whole stair © 吕晓斌
The stairs were the handwork of my father. They may be not that exquisite but the legacy of memory and ingenuity
Integrated stairs and base can not only ensure the load capacity, but also be used as storage, showcase and seat.
空间半层透视Half-storey perspective of the space© 吕晓斌
Looking down from the attic, the white space matched with log color and the refined material presents a pure vision and warm feeling
茶室客房灵活转换Flexible conversion of tea room and guestroom© 吕晓斌
The designer contracted several storage spaces into the customized furniture. The attic can be transferred to a tea house or a living room.
As a tea house or meditation room, you can have tea here every day or serve friends. Drawers behind the tea house can not only put away items but also be used as seats for several guests with highly ergonomic design.
As a living room, you can see mottled sunlight coming from the roof light in the day and observe stars at night.
The bedroom is quiet and big enough for daily use
At the same time of reducing unnecessary third-party furniture, The soft decoration of the main space complied with the spatial attributes and was matched with simple furniture in gray tone.
“我的家” My home© 吕晓斌
It's a home that takes longer, more thought, and more improvement.The final design of the space cannot be defined or expressed as a simple style because it represents none of any existing patterns. However, when you stay here, you would feel comfortable no matter where you are or what you are doing. Emotion is expressed in every object and every scenery because of the participation of human activities, and is changing as the change of activities. Therefore, home is a reflection of heart to bear the internal desire of one’s ego, in reverse, concrete objects are used to nurture and strengthen, as well as to identify this ego. Hope everyone can find his unique home.
夹层平面图 Mezzanine plan
Project Name: Half Space
Architect firm: Y.AN DESIGN
Location: Wen Ling
Completion Date: 2019.12
Director Architect: Yan
Photographer: Lv Xiao Bing
Key Materials: Oak wood，White latex paint
Less spatial definitions and weaker partitions blurred the spatial boundaries and presented a more flexible functional space so as to dig the spatial potential of the house. This is a free interactive residential space with few precedented examples.