- One Taste Holistic Health Club \ Crox
- Daegu Gosan Public Library \ MenoMenoPiu Architects
- Haus am Weinberg \ UNStudio
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 06:13 AM PDT
A lake of pleasure in a cup of tea
One Taste Holistic Health Club, located in this piece of heaven on earth between Hangzhou city's Chenghuang Temple and the West Lake, is China's first club that focuses on the healing of our minds. Caring for the society's wellbeing, One Taste wishes for the development of our spiritual enlightenment, where they have pioneered an open forum for reunification, as we journey back to our own hearts. This is where avant-garde architect Tsung-Jen Lin, has incorporated western holism with eastern serenity to create a plane of Zen for our spiritual awakening.
Here lies a scene to escape to, a scene of the West Lake overlooked by the Chenghuang Temple, up on the mountains, where silent hazes and whispering mists rendezvous, a place to calmly attune your rhythm to the hymn of nature. Amidst this ethereal intertwining of wind and water, Lin has composed an air of fluidity within One Taste, focusing on the form of the lake water by using ripples as the main design concept.
His concept is portrayed through snaking lauan timber, flowing across One Taste that has shrewdly defined the sense of the public and the private. It gives the space a multi-leveled layering effect?achieving the feel of wind gliding over water. Rhythmic lines?slowly inverting one's perspectives and then projecting from within, a sense of freedom. The flow of the timber creates multi-functional areas between the curls and waves that curves off naturally to reveal new vistas.
West Lake reflect, One Taste serene
Practicing the art to a peaceful state of mind is a beautiful practice, One Taste insists so, to greatly value healthy minds and to respect nature and our place within it. By utilizing natural materials such as solid wood and stone, with the reflections of silver foil, Lin believes in capturing the essence of natural beauty not just the aesthetics. The use of materials in One Taste places a strong focus on 'simplicity' to ensure the feel of the materials' original charm and warmth. Not only has Lin preserved the simple beauties of the materials themselves, he has also projected the fusion of eastern and western ideals for beauty upon them.
The layout was configured through the use of flexible thresholds, i.e. curtains and movable mirrors, to create an open environment that can be utilized freely as well as closed for exclusive workshops. The light that reflects inwards derives from the sunlit courtyard outside, it dances around the atmosphere, spreading light and shadow throughout One Taste.
Elegance over decadence
A place of Zen in the bustle of a city's center is without doubt, hard to find. That breezy lifestyle of leisure, that peaceful space for meditation, can all be experienced in the haven amidst the clamor, One Taste. The holistic health club wittily makes space for all activities that benefits our mind and soul, meditation, taichi and yoga followed by strolling through the gardens and enjoying tea on the courtyard, reaching for a balance between the ideals of east and west. It is also a place where confidants can just gather and chit-chat over aromatic brews, meditate together window-side and read leisurely on the wooden decks. This is the purpose of Lin's design, to give people a space for quiet contemplation or just a space for escape within the city, so we can enjoy the joys of peace in our everyday lives.
Influenced by the western world's way of life, pleasure is no longer in decadence, but in subtle elegance; this is the ideals for a new generation of China. The pure white walls and gentle lauan timber sets the tone for a warm and simple One Taste. Together with the reflecting silver foil ceiling, rippling light that melts our guards against the world and become more and more comforted within this space. Designer Lin handpicked the tasteful ornaments that decorates the club, solidifying the tranquil and serene mood it extrudes. All of this to help and guide us on a journey back to ourselves.
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Design Office: Crox International Co., LTD | www.crox.com.tw
+ All images and drawings courtesy Crox
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:49 AM PDT
Daegu Gosan Public Library will be one of the new symbols of the Daegu Metropolitan City's new policy direction. The aim of the city management, as well as the goal of our project, is to create small community for local users.
The idea of a project on a diagonal axe comes from the concept of releasing the urban flows while ensuring the same permeability by opening a front toward the point of greatest intensity.
Traditional materials, such as wood, are employed with a new contemporary approach. The simplicity of the geometry, gives an affordable answer to the main needs. The design of the project stems from the analysis of the bookcase as module, that becomes key element in the definition of the interior spaces. This module extends to the structural grid, which finally develops into the materialization of the exterior facade. The internal partition and the railings are designed as a bookshelf with the aim of melting together the library / framework / partition / facade.
The building opens itself to the city. Citizens as well as tourists discover an inner world that, enriched by the presence of the bookshelves volume acting as a screen from the city, adds quality to the main library spaces. The concentration of all the service areas within a double wall allows the development of a free plan suited to contemporary parameters of flexibility and viability.
The Hall and the Collection Rooms receive natural light from the roof and from the patio thanks to the presence of a sober shading system integrated with the facade and the patio's evergreen trees. The synergy between artificial and natural elements ensures the best visual conditions of the interior spaces.
The orientation of the shading system is conceived to deflect sun rays when the weather is hot and allow them in during winter time. The concrete flooring acts as thermal mass for the building.
The study of the roof slope is based on the angles that can provide the highest yield from the installed photovoltaic cells, where a drainage system for the collection of water allows for a complete reuse of the latter.
Moreover, natural ventilation inside the building is favored by its very geometric structure and by the fact that plans have been purposely left as free as possible.
Finally, the simplicity of the structure compared to its shape keeps the costs reasonably low.
+ All images courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:36 AM PDT
UNStudio recently has completed the Haus am Weinberg. The house is located in a setting that is at one time rural, yet suburban. The location of the villa affords pastoral views of the stepped terraces of an ancient hillside vineyard on one side and cityscape vistas on the other.
The inner circulation, organisation of the views and the programme distribution of the house are determined by a single gesture, 'the twist'. In the Haus am Weinberg the central twist element supports the main staircase as it guides and organises the main flows through the house. The direction of each curve is determined by a set of diagonal movements. Whilst the programme distribution follows the path of the sun, each evolution in the twist leads to moments in which views to the outside become an integral experience of the interior.
This is enabled by the building's load bearing concrete structure which is reduced to a minimum. Roof and slabs are supported by four elements only: elevator shaft, two pillars and one inner column. Through the large cantilever spans, a space is created which enables all four corners of the house to be glazed and column-free.
A double-height, glazed corner – which houses the dining area – opens up to extensive views towards the North-West and frames the vineyard hill which forms the backdrop to the house. By means of sliding panes, this corner of the house can fully open up to further blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Views from the living room are extended by means of a fully glazed corner affording open vistas toward the nearby parklands to the South-West. Further views from the twist are encountered on the second level, where the master sleeping and wellness areas are located.
The interior of the Haus am Weinberg is arranged into spaces of varying atmospheres and spatial qualities, with the four glazed and open corners allowing daylight to reach deep into the house. The materialisation of the interior of the house further accentuates the overall atmosphere of light by means of natural oak flooring, natural stone and white clay stucco walls speckled with small fragments of reflective stone. Custom made features and furnishings are also integrated to blend with and accentuate the architecture. In contrast, at the core of this light and flowing structure is a multi-purpose darker room, dedicated to music, masculine conviviality, and the hunt. In this room the ceilings and walls have especially designed acoustic dark wood panels which transform from an articulated relief on the ceiling into a linear pattern as they descend the walls and meet the dark wooden floors.
The volume and roofline of the Haus am Weinberg react and respond directly to the sloping landscape of the site, where the scales and inclinations of the slopes which sculpture the vineyard setting are reflected in the volumetric appearance of the house. The design of the garden landscaping extends the organisation of the house, with the garden forming a continuation of the diagonals of the floor plans and each division creating different zones for function and planting.
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Haus am Weinberg
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with René Wysk, Kirsten Hollmann-Schröter and Cynthia Markhoff, Christian Bergmann, Jan Schellhoff, Iris Pastor, Rodrigo Cañizares, Albert Gnodde, Beatriz Zorzo Talavera, Shany Barath, Esteve Umbert Morits and Hannes Pfau
construction Management: G+O Architekten GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
+ All images courtesy UNStudio
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