beijing design studio PLAT ASIA completes a high-standard dining club in aranya, qinhuangdao, china, exploring the relationship between the nearby forest and the site. the project’s proximity to nature is maximized as its volume is split in three units with trees growing in between, therefore intersecting with the forest in a harmonious way while broadening the range of scenery views.
all photos © arch-exist, the east facade
characterized by the studio as ‘a contemporary and oriental piece of work’, the dining club combines glass curtain walls on the forest-facing facade, and a light-transmitting concrete on the side facing the community, with a layer of timber gratings in front of it which hides the entrance and blends the building with the surrounding nature. its three major units are connected by a circulation block, while each of them represents another level of privacy: the public-opening zone, which features washi paper as ceiling finish, the irori zone, and the private rooms.
the two pitched roofs are built at different heights with a double-layered eave that gives a lightweight feeling to the building, and a unique under-eave space, formed by the 2.4-meter overhanging roof. the entire floor is paved by grass tatami,which is relaxing and comfortable to touch with bare foot, while muting all sounds apart from those of falling leaves and breeze in the forest.
from sounds to touches, PLAT ASIA has designed a detailed, unique experience similar to that of a spiritual space, shifting people’s focus towards nature. the building’s interior is kept minimal, with its timber partitions and concrete walls free of any decorations.
the public-opening zone
the public-opening zone
close to the forest
the north facade
all drawings © PLAT ASIA, site plan
drawing by dh jung
architects: PLAT ASIA
project: forest dining club
location: aranya, qinhuangdao, china
principle architect: dh jung
project architect: guowei liu
design team: baoyang bian, qiyang shen, kaiqi yang, minjia lv, jingyun lian, dongsheng xiao, xinwei liu
operation team: shinkai by hatsune
architecture design: plat asia
interior design: plat asia
lighting design: beijing bamboo lighting design
decoration design: view deco
furnishings design: nice things
construction design: beijing huachengboyuan engineering technology group
total floor area: 901 sqm
construction material: steel, light-transmitting concrete, glass, zinc plate
decoration material: wood, gravel, tatami, washi paper
edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom
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