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Monday, 18 June 2018

Yushe Design slots office around existing trees in Shanghai suburb

Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
Trees grow through holes in the concrete floors and ceilings of the Shen Shen Garden office in Shanghai, which was designed to preserve the site's natural features.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
Local studio Yushe Design developed the project as a workspace away from the bustle of downtown Shanghai.
Located in a suburb of the Chinese city, the building combines offices and associated amenities with lounge spaces and accommodation for the owner.

Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
The corner site contained plenty of trees that provide shade on hot days and a natural outlook within the city.
When creating the office, the architects endeavoured to retain as many of the trees as possible, although some of them had to be relocated.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
"The relationship between building and trees is emphasised in the design," said the studio. "The building is supposed to grow up among the trees."
Trees lining the edge of the road help to form a natural boundary. They also determine the position of the concrete volumes, which contain the three main offices on the ground floor, which are joined by a meeting room, lobby and equipment room.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
The simple concrete planes used to create the structure were cast in-situ using moulds that have left evidence of seams and fastenings, adding texture to the surfaces.
The building varies in height between one and two storeys, with the taller sections carefully positioned among the canopies of the trees.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
Paths lead from the road through concrete-lined passages towards a courtyard at the rear of the building.
The offices look onto this outdoor space, which also contains trees and a gravel garden. Openings in the walls are positioned to frame specific views that vary throughout the seasons.

The composition of planar surfaces include freestanding walls that line the outdoor passageways and angled balustrades that signal the position of staircases ascending towards a roof terrace.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
A canopy that cantilevers out towards the road to mark the entrance is punctuated by a circular hole through which the branches of a tree reach upwards.
One corner of the building is occupied by an angular block containing a multipurpose activity room. Concrete steps inside this space provide an option for casual seating, while the roof features an identical form to the interior, with steps looking down onto a large terrace.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
An internal stair connects the ground floor with an upper storey accommodating the director's office and a bedroom suite.
Both of these spaces and the landing at the top of the stairs have access to individual terraces with views through the treetops towards the surrounding neighbourhood.
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu Architects
Architects designing greenery-filled buildings include Jake Edgley, who arranged a house around an old pear tree in London, while Anonymous Architects built a cedar-clad residence incorporating an existing cypress tree.

Three patios and a swimming pool slot into Casa La Quinta in Mexico


Residents of this getaway in Mexico, designed by architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, can spend weekends lazing in a hammock suspended above a secluded swimming pool.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas designed Casa La Quinta for a retired couple. It is located in San Miguel de Allende – a city in the central Guanajuato state.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA

The site is penned in on the longer sides by neighbouring properties, so the architects arranged the 350-square-metre house around three courtyards to provide the residents with access to private outdoor space.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
The swimming pool and hammock – which mirror a similar set up in a Mexican house recently renovated by Punto Arquitectonico – are placed in the largest of these patios in the centre of the residence.
The second yard is a gravelled seating area planted with a tree, and the third is much smaller.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
"Having a scheme that works inwards and having no nearby views to the landscape, three void spaces were proposed in the plan in the form of patios, each one with different character, use and programme," said the team in a statement.
"These voids give the project its character, producing different perception of scale to the user, a high contrast of light and shadows, spaces of silence and rest."
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
The walls surrounding the yards include those belonging to the neighbouring properties. But all are coated in a cream-hued Corev – a paste-like finish intended to mimic the artisanal stucco traditionally used in the area – so that it is difficult to tell the difference.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
With the intention of "leaving the social space without divisions and boundaries with the outdoor space" on the ground floor, the architects placed large windows and sliding glazing on the walls of the rooms facing into the yard.
Similar materials also feature both inside and out, like the stone flooring, which is commonly used in the streets of the city San Miguel, but was cut and piled it in a different way for the house.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
For the rest of the interiors, finishes include minimal white-painted walls and exposed wooden ceiling beams – another nod to construction typical in the area.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
Opening onto the largest yard, the double-height, open-plan lounge and dining room is decorated with furniture and artwork in muted tones.
Two sofas are positioned to face a fireplace, with long pendant lights hanging from the high ceiling. A walkway running along the top level of the room bridges the two ends of the first floor.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
In the kitchen, woodwork cabinetry matching the tones of the ceiling is offset by black counter tops and pendant lights. Steps lead from here down to the master bedroom suite – including a dressing room and a bathroom – which opens onto its own private yard.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
Two more bedrooms are placed on one side of the first floor. A third occupies the other end, along with a terrace. The rooms continue the minimal aesthetic found downstairs, with one featuring a fireplace and black steel shelving.
Casa La Quinta by PPAA
Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas designed Casa La Quinta while working together as architecture studio DCPP but parted ways prior to its completion in 2015.
So far, 2018 has been a bumper year for private houses completed in Mexico, including a residence formed from a collection of black concrete cuboids and a colourful property designed as an homage to Luis Barragán.
Photography is by Rafael Gamo.

Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции

Во Франции, неподалеку от Nature Paris в районе Марн-ла-Валле, появился необычный аквапарк по проекту архитектора Жака Ферье
Аквапарк Aqualagon представляет собой огромное стеклянное сооружение, вдохновленное образом оригами.
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Aqualagon находится рядом с небольшим озером, поэтому кажется, что здание стоит прямо на воде. Одна сторона парка выходит на лес, который защищает зимой от холодных северо-восточного ветров, а другая — на солнечную сторону, что позволяет получать много естественного света круглый год. 
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Сооружение благодаря большому количеству стекла прекрасно гармонирует с водной гладью, отражая солнечные блики. Абсолютно прозрачное, легкое здание создает ощущение, что границы между интерьером парка и озером нет, что Aqualagon — это логичное продолжение живописного ландшафта.
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Геометрическая форма парка вдохновлена бумажными оригами — его прямые линии позволили спроектировать удобную систему лестниц, по которым можно подняться на самую вершину, чтобы посмотреть потрясающий вид. Прогуляться можно прямо по внешней части фасада, вокруг здания под открытым небом. А тем, кто боится высоты, можно спокойно подняться на лифте.
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Насладиться видом можно и прямо из парка. Особенно красиво здесь ночью, когда через стеклянный купол можно любоваться звездным небом.
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Сооружение высотой около 35 м возвышается над деревьями, становясь своеобразным маяком и ориентиром этой местности. 
Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции


Аквапарк в виде оригами во Франции



ФОТО: HUGO DENIAU, LUC BOEGLY