In an old village in the picturesque area of Jiangnan, southern China, the design studio was commissioned the interior renovation of a cultural museum and a folk inn, enhancing the local tradition of brick klin production. The project is located in the old canal town of Zhu Jiadian, west of Jin Xi, where there can be still found more than ten ancient brick klins from the Ming and Quing dynasty. For project materials' using,the designer chose native materials such as brick and bamboo, breakthrough combining and matching to embody modernity of design while return to simplicity of material.
The design of this project has an unique approach to use the Metal Mesh as the solution for practical and aesthetics purpose. The translucent Metal Mesh creates a layer of curtain which can blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor space- the gray space. The depth of space created by the translucent curtain creates a rich level of spatial quality. The polished stainless steel Metal Mesh varies under different weather conditions and different period of a day. The reflection and translucency of the Mesh with elegant landscape creates a calm Chinese style ZEN space.
A library designed by a huge bookshelf with a curved line like the flow of a river, named "BOOK RIVER". The bookshelf changes various heights, becomes a seat, becomes a counter, or encloses a space like a wall. Big holes in the bookshelf, it becomes a tunnel, a window, a space like a capsule. This space has made various relationships between books and people, and created rich communication.
In the designer's view of point, we may reject any form of theory or opinion, however, we can't refuse the potential influence from the architectural and interior environment that we live in. It seems "what do you want to convey" is more significant than to argue "what it is". So except for the form and style of the restaurant, the more challenging part is to convey the spirit of Setsugekka Japanese Cuisine.
How to design a high quality urban space, redefine the image of a “landmark” building, while maintaining cultural tradition of Xixi wetland spirits, is the major challenge of this project. Four L-shaped slab buildings with large openings are used to encircling the site due to the landscape cross. The internal building volumes are modeled on the traditional wetland settlement pattern. It ensures the maximum utilization of landscape resources. Reasonable structures present a non-conventional visual impression, making the buildings a group of futuristic city sculptures.
Mangata is visualized in Swedish as a romantic scene, the glimmering, road-like reflection of the moon creates on the night sea. The scene is visually appealed and special enough for creating the brand image. The color palette, black & gold, imitates the atmosphere of the dark sea, also, gave the brand a mysterious, luxury touch.