The renovated project was originally a residential house in the old urban area besides the Pearl River. Although it was an extremely ordinary brick house with the age of about 40 years, the original intention of the renovation was not to flip the house into something completely new, but to explore a new possibility for the old house. Therefore, the facades with a sense of age were reserved, and the simple material texture was extended in the architectural space, integrating with the simple concrete frame, which was casted to enhance structural stability.
∇ 入口©本态建筑 Facade entrance after renovation
∇ 一层室内空间©本态建筑 Level 1 interior space after renovation
After the removal of the original double-sloped-tile roof, a new skylight ceiling space can not only make each floor of the building bathed in natural light in different seasons, but also facilitate the stack-effect to strengthen the convection in the vertical space.
∇ 原状建筑©本态建筑 Exterior Before renovation
∇ 改造后©本态建筑 Facade entrance after renovation
At the same time a year ago, the house was an old, dingy rental house, with weathered old brick walls, rusty doors and windows. It was a picture of disrepair and decay.
Focus on the Experience of Nature and Space
∇ 二层室内空间©本态建筑 Level 2 interior space after renovation
It is a design statement that in compare of high-rise residential, small-scale dwellings may bring more comfortable living experience with better sense of belonging, which allows people establish a sense of connectivity with nature in the architectural space.
∇ 屋顶阳台©本态建筑 Roof terrace after renovation
The internal structural frame and floor are made of reinforced concrete, but in terms of the connection between the upper and lower floors, a light-weight steel staircase with wooden steps is custom-made to allow better sense of spatial transparency. The second level space contains a bedroom, a study room, and a bathroom, in order to get natural daylight on the first level, after leaving a void in the middle of the second floor, a protective net was applied in the void, makes it a relaxed resting space.
∇ 厨房操作台©本态建 Kitchen work station after renovation
∇ 洗手台、壁龛、浴缸©本态建筑 Wash basin and bathtub after renovation
Kitchen work station, wash basin, bathtub, as well as the niche in the bathroom wall were molded and casted on-site using concrete during construction. These parts seem to grow out of the original walls and have an affinity that can’t be matched by finished home products.
Simplicity and Complexity
In order to allow the users to establish a sense of connectivity with nature in the architectural space, and thus motivate self-care, the renovation project has been attempted from several aspects.
Firstly, a closed relationship with the surrounding living environment has established through a careful renovation design process, and a sense of new renovated architecture had been weakened. And secondly, the architecture with blurred functions and boundaries provides a variety of uses that can continue to adapt and grow. In overall, indoor, and outdoor conditions, as well as the lifestyle were integrated comprehensively by the architecture, an intimate spatial experience has been formed.
Bricks and tiles are the simplest building material, some of the most complex and breathtaking architectural masterpieces were constructed from the simplest materials found in nature.
However, the completion of architecture does not mean the end of architectural creation, we interact with each other in the building, perceive the connection with nature in the space, and gradually form our own stories and memories over time. In this process, architecture becomes a continuous dynamic creation, and architecture becomes a way of life.