AIR & SUNSHINE : Stray Bird

Zhongwei
nature landscape around the southern peninsula
Foto © Qingshan Wu
“Yellow River hotel group” takes the Yellow River, desert, gobi and orchard as an integral whole; STRAY BIRD is on the bank of the river
Foto © Qingshan Wu
site plan
Disegno © STUDIO QI
four groups of 15-meter-long transparent landscape facades stand in a row, facing the area stretched along Yellow River
Foto © Qingshan Wu
site relation
Disegno © STUDIO QI
daytime scenery of the STRAY BIRD landscape side
Foto © Qingshan Wu
height diagram of different zones
Disegno © STUDIO QI
section perspective
Disegno © STUDIO QI
site section and view relationship
Disegno © STUDIO QI
outdoor platform
Foto © Qingshan Wu
extension of interior and exterior view & scenery of the floor-to-roof windows
Foto © Qingshan Wu
sitting zone-outdoor landscape extends into the interior space ©吴清山
Foto © Qingshan Wu
night view of the landscape facade
Foto © Qingshan Wu
night view of the entrance
Foto © Qingshan Wu
sleeping zone-relationship between two L shape spaces
Foto © Qingshan Wu
Foto © Qingshan Wu
standing zone-washing area and corridor at the centre of the building
Foto © Qingshan Wu
Architetti
Studio Qi Architects
Indirizzo
Yellow River, Zhongwei
Anno
2019
Team
Mengfan Zhou, Yuting Zhao
Interior Construction
UHJOH
Furniture Design
Lastisland

STRAY BIRD is a cutting-edge boutique hotel, located in an isolated oasis encircled by the Yellow River and Tengger Desert in Ningxia Autonomous Region. STRAY BIRD sits quietly in the blossoming orchard while gazing through the reeds; a green train runs slowly alongside the endless horizon of the desert. With such a unique landscape, STRAY BIRD is thus required to challenge the traditional rammed-earth architectural typography and to re-present itself in an ecological and airy structure. Such design also inspires continual discussions of architectural transparency, thereby engendering new definitions for localization.

Locating only 10 meters from the Yellow River, pre-fabrication services as both design and construction strategy, providing varied solutions to most all the challenges and difficulties for building in rural, western China. Taking transportation constraints and structural limitations, all into consideration, the design was finalized in modules of a 14m*4.5m steel frame format, with sophisticated interior details and finishes, along with a unique entrance deck and front-terrace. Three-sided Low-E glass curtain wall system is introduced, given that architecture is regarded as the medium between living conditions and the grandeur of nature.

As a holiday resort place, STRAY BIRD focuses on conditions for relaxation and leisurely experiences. According to the definitions of spatial events and actions of the body; the space is therefore divided into three distinct programmatic zones as: sitting, standing, and sleeping. Both sleeping and sitting are considered as the most desired experiences, which are placed at the corners of the module on opposite sides, and are surrounded by full-height glazing system and exposures to Nature’s magnificence. At the same time, all practical uses are compartmentalized into a central area, which also makes internal circulation much more efficient.

The design of each programmatic area emphasizes the sensibilities of space in both planar and sectional dimensions. The furniture is designed and arranged, according to the desired moment of events, and is best positioned to maximize visual paths to the outside. Design operations seek for responsive, visual communication between the interior and the exterior, while architectural details are carefully depicted to make such experience effective.

Adding a rather playful perforated panel on the back wall of each architecture, placed for the purpose of semi-privacy, four on-site themes are thus effectively created, as pear trees, reeds, date trees, and stray birds. These pre-fabricated metal panels allow for the continual interactions between the inside and outside via light and shadows. It also adds a layer of ambiguity between the image and the object.

STRAY BIRD invites the Yellow River and desert into the space by the interplay of transparency. It blurs the boundaries between architecture and nature, while interrogating the traditional means of construction and the separations rendered by layers of solid walls. For STRAY BIRD, the absence of structure and material is fashioned for the appreciation of the grand landscape. The architecture is now filled and imbued with light and air.

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