Logistics of this working family required them to be home indoors for long periods, which in addition to work and school became disruptive to their wellness. They began to contemplate, like many families, whether a move to the suburbs, exchanging proximity to city amenities for a larger backyard to increase outdoor access was necessary. Rather than moving far away, they decided to build a new house that would reconsider the limitations of indoor home life on a small urban lot. The organizing principle of the project was to create as much outdoor access from communal areas as possible.
In the design, the courtyard with four entrances is arranged according to the north-south axis. The feeling of space is different. The sunken courtyard is adopted to increase the sense of spatial layer and form the varied landscape in the limited area. The combination of modern architectural form, architectural technology, architectural materials and traditional form. On this account, designers should adopt the architectural form of new Chinese style to create a building site in line with modern life.
In this project, designers achieved the space consistency through smooth scenarios. Cloud is chosen to be the spirit of experiment area, the continuity is achieved by five scenarios, respectively are entry from the Gate, step on the Cloud Bridge, pass the cloud mansion, walk into the Cloud Sea, tread in Book Yard and travel in Green Valley. Coming near the exhibition center, a picture of mountain and water salutes the eye. The architectural roof extracts the shape of alpine ups and downs. The central part create a sense of multiple ranges of hills by antique copper drawn aluminum square.
The natural landscape resources around the project are rich, and the architectural form adopts streamline. The project combines with the modern simple design style, breaks the original exhibition center layout, adds the observation tower which can fully appreciate the scenery of the Hunhe River, and stands in the city with the attitude of overlooking. Through the viewing platform on the top of the tower, everything of the river view is taken in a glance to achieve the purpose of river viewing.
According to the landscape and orientation, the flexible design can not only meet the requirements of basic dynamic and static zoning, dry and wet zoning, open kitchen and washroom, room square application, etc., but also take the climate characteristics of Jinan into account in the design. The four constant residential technology is adopted in the house type design, which can maximize the lighting on the south and transparency from north to south, so as to adjust the indoor microclimate, achieve sustainable development target with energy saving and high efficiency.
The H20 house located in the residential urban context of Hyderabad is designed for a family of four, spreading over an area of 12500 sq ft. as the name suggests the house has indoor and outdoor water bodies which not only helps in passive cooling techniques but also soothes human senses. The novelty of the house lays in its intelligent interplay of spaces, natural design, and simple textures. The challenge was to design a climate-sensitive building in a site, which disobeyed the prime norm of the longer side facing north and south directions.
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