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


main room


a balcony opens up the space of the living room

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


guests are led to the doors of bedrooms by the undulation above

 


floor plan and elevations of the apartment

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • unusually eloquent for this sort of organic composition

    dbkii says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
481,351 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy