Name of project: Qin Garden
Location of project: ancestral house of Tongxin Village, Taizhou, Jiangsu
Floor area of project: 405m²
Original floor area of project: 140m²
Newly-built floor area of project: 371m²
Architectural and interior design team: DOES Design
Chief designer: Wang Shuai
Project team: Xu Wanlun, Du Mengcheng, Lv Xiangwei, Xu Huilong and Zhao Wei
Design content: design of architecture, indoor space, soft decoration and courtyards.
Main material: high-quality cement, oak, rubber wood, FLUA illumination, white emulsion paint and aluminum plates
Construction side: Nanjing Daisi Construction Engineering Co., Ltd
Photographer: CreatAR Images
Background of the project:
“Party A, who settled in South America, entrusted us to rebuild her ancestral home. The old building structure has been damaged and cannot continue to live.Her father’s wish was to rebuild this ancestral home.She said that when she was a child, her father guarded her.Later she wants to use this house to guard her father."
The design idea of the whole project is from the function, to the architectural form, back to the function of such a process.
Design inspiration: as for the building outline, the designer was inspired by a Chinese term, namely “守护” (which means to guard and defend), and designed the building outline on the basis of a gesture (watch the video for details).
The traditional gate is in contrast with the new building outline, resulting in an effect of time travel.
The solar lighting system on courtyard walls will light up automatically when the sun goes down, as if it welcomes children who come back home. Functionally, it makes up for the shortage of road lighting in the village and illuminates for pedestrians.
We cut one Mount Tai stone into two parts, where the bigger part was placed in the open air, while the smaller one in the ancestral hall. They play a role in blocking sight as screens.
As Party A settled down overseas, we defined the building as a holiday villa. Unlike traditional holiday villas, it has an ancestral hall. The ancestral hall is not only for ancestor worship, but includes objects relating the past of the old house. In the future, used furniture and objects will be displayed in the room and it will be more like a family museum.
After reconstruction, the building can meet needs of accommodation, family gathering and activity of children. We hope it can carry memory, offer comfortable living experience and continue to grow.