zeller & moye wins competition with flower terraces scheme in china
architecture studio zeller & moye has recently won the international competition MOLEWA with their innovative design for residences in the city of ruichang, china. called ‘flower terraces’ the architectural approach is creating a sustainable scheme, along with the idea of allowing each individual apartment to have its own identity. referencing traditional chinese house design, the scheme revolve around green outdoor spaces where the warm climate enables generous terraces to evolve as integral living areas, as well as an characteristic feature to the design as a whole.
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a series of cantilevering slabs form a roof, which overhangs enough to shelter the outdoor areas in front of each apartment. meanwhile, foldable, timber shutters that display a triangular pattern are used to provide privacy, allow natural ventilation and protection against direct sunlight. the journey to the housing project will see the construction of open-air spaces and to encourage an eco-rich atmosphere, residents can plant on their own private terraces and winter gardens.
a series of cantilever slabs create protected outdoor areas in front of the apartments
sustainability is a key element, providing a comfortable living environment at a low energy consumption
referring to traditional chinese housing motifs, each living area surrounds green outdoor spaces
axonometric of one of the apartments
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