The project is in Yi Xing, a city that is famous for their heritages including the bamboo forest and art of teapot (紫砂茶壼) using a clay that can only be found near the province. Located at hillside facing towards layers of mountains, the project was to design a 20,000 sq.ft single storey clubhouse with 2 storeys of hotel rooms to facilitate directors board meetings and greeting of important guests of client.
While architecture relates to the traditional Chinese design in terms of spatial volume and roof treatment, modern articulations have been implemented through material use and details. The plan also clearly shows the transition between public and private spaces. Function rooms are planned in sequence: entrance foyer in the East, waiting lounge, tea room, banquet hall, dining room facing south for the abundant daylight, and a 20-person meeting room in the North of complex. The rooms are linked by humble corridors that views into internal courtyards.
The concept of the clubhouse is driven by a careful study of the site – the layering of mountains, verticality of bamboo and tranquility due to its remote location. Walking into the complex is an adventure from one room to another, which are characterised by symmetry and different functional volumes. The material use is considered moderate. The greyish stones are carefully chosen within the province that harmonise with the custom-made bronze window frames that can be open completely by sliding them into the façade. Stained wood vertical slat is another major material widely use thought out the clubhouse for concealing doors and cabinet panels, minimising visual distraction within the spaces. The use of high end finishes and simple detailing of seamless junctions provides an aesthetic, spacious yet luxurious experience – to create a simple and uniform whole, emphasising the arrangement of artwork and greenery positional around the space.