penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
jun 05, 2014

penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow

penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow




‘the snow apartment’ by penda, located in the famous skiing region of zhangjiakou 160km north of beijing, offers a weekend-getaway for the client and his friends. the design of the apartment was conceived as a melting snowfield in spring, when nature slowly revives from winter and offers a contrast of cold and warm. this atmosphere was translated into architecture by hand-plastered, white shells, which cover the walls and ceiling to create a seamless space naturally guiding visitors throughout the residence.

penda winter apartment melting snow
entrance hallway




introducing a warm and natural element into the apartment, the undulating forms are partially cut by wooden boxes, which provide areas for relaxing, communicating, and displaying artwork. the walls are lifted up 5cm from the floor and backlit, creating a clear differentiation between the smooth walls and wooden fir-floor while the ceiling above becomes a field of ambient lighting.  the result is a series of curved walls leading guests to a spiral staircase connecting the bedrooms, bathrooms, and living room to the the dining room and roof terrace above. upon accessing the terrace, the interior curves respond directly to the mountains and valleys of the site.

penda winter apartment melting snow
skiing racks at the entrance of the apartment

penda winter apartment melting snow
lights and cutouts naturally guide visitors through the apartment

penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
main room

penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
a balcony opens up the space of the living room

penda winter apartment melting snow
cutouts create spaces for beds and decor

penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
guests are led to the doors of bedrooms by the undulation above


penda conceptualizes winter apartment as melting snow
floor plan and elevations of the apartment



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  • unusually eloquent for this sort of organic composition

    dbkii says:

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