A green introduction to the local town in Southern China
This project's objective is to introduce the idea of 'compact green living' in a small remote town in the southern part of China through the creation of a straightforward response to the existing environment. The proposal suggests 'compact and green' living by focusing on the quality of spaces with natural light and the large communal space. The architect believes that simple human interaction contributes equally to the well-being of the inhabitants as to a well lit unit.
The 'interior' garden is meant to be a platform for daily exercises and social gathering. This 'semi public' garden is open to the inhabitants and public users. Although the facades of the building suggest a horizontal layout, typical units are vertically organised with entrances on the ground floor. Such spatial organisation not only reduces the building footprint, but also eliminates the 'motel' style circulation, which compromises the inhabitants' opportunity to have views on both front and back sides.
Each unit consists of 3 storeys with operable windows on both north and south sides of the unit, enabling ventilation in summer as desired. Skylights and vertical stairwells also allow natural light penetrating into the spaces both vertically and horizontally. The building is orientated east - west to take advantage of the southern sun with direct access to a small street on the west side.
Natural wood is proposed for the facades of the building and the interior of the units to maintain a 'house' atmosphere. It is also a green material corresponding to the sustainable image that the building intends to convey. On the other hand, stone planters and benches are provided at the interior garden for a more durable use and a visual contrast against the dwelling units.