ZJJZ clads ellipsoidal guest houses in mirrored aluminum + pine shingles in rural china

May 07, 2021

‘when this project began, the client wanted the buildings to be designed based on a form found in nature,’ says ZJJZ. ‘instead of creating merely imitative forms, however, we focused on developing the spatial experience by staging views and establishing the relationship between the structures and their surrounding environment.’ each of the four ‘seeds’ houses forms a continuous, ellipsoidal surface, wrapped in a façade that blends mirrored aluminum with pine shingles.

ZJJZ has clad the interior of each ‘seed’ house with wood panels that form a stripped pattern. this pattern naturally occurs by the color differentiation of the wood, further emphasizing the ellipsoidal form. the area behind the master bedroom contains the entrance, the bathroom, and room for storage, while the attic provides additional space for children. the attic and the ground level are connected by an elliptical staircase that intersects the entryway to form an intriguing, carved-out space.

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project info:

name: the seeds – wood houses in jiangxi, china

architect: ZJJZ

location: jiangxi, china

gross built area: 60 sqm each

lead architect: yuying kate tsai, xuanru chen, sean shen

client: tree wow

contractor: HXP planung GmbH

structure consultant: XIE technologies

completion year: 2020