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Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou, China

Wooden Rural Housing Project in Guizhou, Southern China design by ZJJZ, Architects

25 Mar 2019

Woodhouse Hotel

Architects: ZJJZ

Location: Guizhou, China

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Located in the remote village of Tuanjie, the Woodhouse Hotel is one of the first projects of a new government policy to help ameliorate rural poverty through the introduction of agricultural tourism.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Unlike other rural areas, the village of Tuanjie has little traditional architecture to hold on to. Instead, the striking landscapes and pollution-free farmlands are the village’s greatest assets. Therefore, our design goal was set to capture the beauty of nature with tranquil forms that harmonize with the surrounding environment.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

The hotel consists of 10 single-story wooden houses on a hillside that merges into abundant grass and woods. The topography of the site is complex and features scattered rock formations. Drawings no longer provide sufficient information in this case.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Eventually, through thorough site surveys, the location and orientation of the ten wood houses were determined so as to capture the most appealing views without disrupting the original rock formations and forests. A reasonable pedestrian path leads from the bottom of the mountain to the ten individual houses.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Because of the complex terrain, all building materials were manually transported up to the mountain. In order to improve construction efficiency and minimize damage to the original rock formations, a combined structural system was adopted for each house using a wood-structured object and an elevated steel platform. The carbonized wood of the facade was manufactured on site with a simple process to reduce cost.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

The design of the wood houses aims to harmonize with the landscape and the rustic atmosphere while forming a contrast to the existing village buildings. Therefore, we avoided complex or exaggerated designs and selected three basic geometric forms. Each house serves as a separate room.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

The volumes of the rooms are minimized to reduce the sense of presence in the environment while ensuring indoor comfort.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

The façade, made of carbonized wood, is weather-resistant, and its color and texture make the wood houses blend into the landscape smoothly.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

For interior space, various windows are cut out in each house according to their form and orientation, introducing rich layers of surrounding landscapes into the pure volumes.

Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Woodhouse Hotel, Guizhou – Building Information

Architect’s Firm: ZJJZ
Lead Architects: Yuying Kate Tsai, Sean Shen, Xuanru Chen, Zhenyu Cao

Location: Guizhou, China
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 500 sqm (40-50 sqm/building)

Clients: Guizhou Dafa Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
Local Structural and MEP Engineer: Guiyang Architectural Design & Surveying Prospecting Co., Ltd.

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Woodhouse Hotel in Guizhou China

Photography: Laurian Ghinitoiu, ZJJZ

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Location: Guizhou, People’s Republic of China

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