META-Project has recently completed a 400m² beach house in Aranya, China. Asked by the client to redesign a new house on site to fit its wonderful setting, META-Project reclaimed and altered the previous structure to add a shorter wing on the south side to allow an open-plan for more living spaces. In a sustainable way, they re-created a new spatial experience that flows "through" the building.
The architectural intent was to create a series of dynamic spaces that could work for multiple gathering niches and more communal spaces for entertaining. As one wandering into the House from the entrance, diffuse light streams in from all sides through the building, as well as the airflow. While the ground floor been fully open-planned throughout with semi-outdoor vestibule, kitchen, dining and library, the concept of the house also makes it easy to navigate between the 2 levels.
House T’s north façade is reconfigured with two volumes interlocking together: a thickened white T-shape cast-in-concrete wall sitting on a dark layered schist rock plinth. Majority of the building materials were locally sourced, particularly the rock strips for the plinth extending from the exterior into the interior. META also adopted many local craftsmanships from terrazzo flooring to pebble mosaic, the most advanced being the undulating wood grain molded cast-in-concrete on the façade.
Ultimately, House T is intended to provide a myriad of atmospheres defined by the spectrum of natural environment and communal life which characterizes the setting of the site.
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