HHF architects in collaboration with the artist Ai Weiwei design the Treehouse in Lijiang
The Waterville Golf Resort in Lijiang, Yunan Province in China is located on a beautiful site in the mountains and with a panoramic view to the lake and the snow mountains in the back. The new Resort consists of a golf course, private residencies and other buildings belonging to the club, among them a guesthouse called "treehouse".
The layout of the treehouse is based on a pentagonal pattern. A concept, which is interesting as there is no possibility of creating an infinite addition of pentagons without having leftovers. These leftovers are essential in HHF architects concept: they’re creating interesting light situations, linking the interior to the existing nature and integrating the existing trees into the house (within the resulting courtyards). Like leafs are creating a space underneath a tree, light and shadow are becoming fundamental elements creating different qualities of space in the treehouse.
The house is organized on two levels and partially cantilevers over the water. The main orientation the is towards the lake and the “snowy mountains” in the back. The complexity of the geometry stands in contrast to the simplicity of the materials and details of the building. A concrete made out of bamboo boarding is used for the inside and the outside of the building. The interior and exterior floors are made out of a dark hardwood, as are the windows and the wood shutters (its opening pattern is again based on the pentagonal concept of the plan).