Here’s a second project in China by David Chipperfield Architects: Ninetree Village is a recently completed residential development in Hangzhou.
The project is situated next to a bamboo forest and consists of twelve residential buildings, each containing five apartments. Each building is clad in a wooden grid, which varies in density according to the level of privacy required in different areas of the home.
2004 – 2008
A small valley, bordered by a dense bamboo forest, forms the site for this luxury housing development, situated near the Qiang Tang River in Hangzhou, south-eastern China. The particular charm and beauty of the place are the determining factors. Twelve individual volumes are arranged in a chessboard pattern to create the maximum amount of open space for each building. Through planting new vegetation, each apartment building is set in its own clearing in the forest. The buildings adapt to the topography, creating a flowing landscape through a slight turning of the blocks. The grounds will be accessed from the southern entrance via a network of lanes.
All buildings are linked to an underground car park, enabling the site to be free from vehicles above ground. Within the development there are six types of building differing in size and floor plan depending on the location, view and light conditions. The individual apartment buildings contain five generously proportioned apartments, each accommodating a full floor of approximately 400 sqm. The floor plan concept creates a flowing interior space defined by solid elements which accommodate auxiliary functions. The selection of materials for the living and sleeping areas provides an elegant, calm atmosphere, whilst the enclosed elements are envisaged as cabinets using precious traditional materials. The loggia zone, which runs around the whole building, provides a transition area between the interior living space and the surrounding nature.
Based on a traditional principle of Chinese housing, an exterior skin using wooden elements protects the privacy of the residents. This skin differs in density, depending on the interior functions, sunlight and the conditions of the site. Movable elements allow the resident to further decide on the degree of privacy desired.