ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou

outlooker revives centuries-old dwelling in china

 

Design studio Outlooker renovated a centuries-old building in Hangzhou, China, into a contemporary tea room and guesthouse. Located in the forest of Longwu mountain, the historical dwelling was built during the Qing Dynasty under Hui-style architecture. The ancient style of traditional residential construction mostly uses bricks, wooden beams, and stones reflecting the mountainous features of the area. The unique timber framework, structured by  ‘crescent moon-shaped’ beams and ‘corbel brackets’, arranges the setting for the modern features to attach and breathe new life into the house. 

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in renovated historical building in hangzhou
contemporary sculptural elements added to the entrance of the old building | all images by Outlooker design

 

 

design styles of different generations collide in harmony

 

Maintaining Chinese cultural identity, the wooden structure was preserved featuring modern shapes to support the infrastructure. Minimal geometries complement the traditional design, forming new spaces for relaxation and tea gatherings. With the Hui-style architecture in full display, the architects added modern furniture to awaken awareness of contemporary and traditional textures in converse. The custom-made chandelier hangs under the eaves, offering a retro aesthetic to the space. As for the selection of plants, ‘wild’ vegetation is decorating the building inspiring an exciting and fresh atmosphere. The project affirms a mentality of ‘friendship between generations’, treating renovated old buildings with respect. 

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in renovated historical building in hangzhou
the historical building is hidden in a bamboo forest

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in renovated historical building in hangzhou
the ‘loop chair’ decorates the entrance giving off a modern feel

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the unique shape of the locally collected yellow rocks complement the interior

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in renovated historical building in hangzhou
‘crescent moon-shaped’ beams and ‘corbel brackets’ are the foundation of the timber framework

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou
maintaining Chinese cultural identity, the wooden structure was preserved and supported by modern shapes

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou
the kitchen area has a great view of the atrium framed by the custom-made chandelier

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou
a modern geometric staircase is placed supporting the wooden framework

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou
contemporary design is backdropped by the traditional textures on display

ancient chinese 'hui-style' architecture meets modernity in historical building in hangzhou
the modern shapes of the balcony enhance the traditional infrastructure

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modern lifestyle can coexist with tradition in this renovated house

 

 

project info:

 

name: Renovation of old Hui-style buildings

architecture: Outlooker design 

location: Longwu, Hangzhou, China

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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