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1 / 17 grand birdview

shenshanyan resort | 深山墕度假酒店

Year | 年份: 2017
Location | 地點: Shanxi, China | 中國山西
Status | 狀態: concept masterplan | 概念規劃

Type | 類型: landscape & architecture | 景觀 & 建筑
Program | 功能: tourism & culture | 文旅
Size | 規模: 24.7 ha | 24.7公頃
Client | 業主: Shanshuixingsheng Ltd. | 山西山水形勝旅游開發有限公司

Team | 團隊: Chen Chen (陳忱), Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yangyang(劉楊洋), Lv Shoutuo(呂守拓), Li Meikang(李梅康) , Sun Furui(孫福瑞), Chen Muzhi(陳牧之),Peng Yuzhou(彭禹州),Tan Lu (譚露)
Collaborator | 合作: UEA | 北京悠意聯合建筑策劃有限公司

2 / 17 master plan development
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3 / 17 master plan

Shenshanyan is located in the north of Shanxi Province. The total area of intervention for this project is 24.7 hectare, which includes an east-west oriented valley and the village within. Nested in the Lvliang Mountain, the site is 2.5 hours drive away from the major cities. There are lush coniferous forests, vast alpine meadows, gurgling streams and organic husbandry.


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4 / 17 pedestrian routes

Three types of accommodation including courtyard villa, creek villa and forest villa with a total number of 28 have been planned. 12 facilities with the functions of dinning, relaxation, parent-child activities and group activities have been designed.


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5 / 17 existing building
6 / 17 village development
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7 / 17 green corridors and village clusters

A stream flows from East to West, passing through dense woods and open grassland. Based on the water runoff analysis, the stream will be widened at several appropriate locations to form a series of orchestrated waterscape including wetland, reservoirs, weir and waterfalls. The three water runoff paths in the village will be designed into ecological green corridors, which also divide the village systematically into 5 clusters.


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8 / 17 axonometric sections

The original fabric of the village will be largely preserved. The vernacular typology of ‘yaodong’ cave house will be restored into public facilities. The village houses will be remodelled into 20 courtyard villas with large private garden and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. In each of the clusters delineated by the green corridors, there is a small semi-public square that leads into the surrounding courtyards. This creates a smooth transition between the public and the private space while enhances a sense of communal enclosure.


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9 / 17 axonometric sections

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The project follows a point based planning strategy. The untouched natural landscape will be handled with respect. Facilities of suitable size will be inserted only at the most appropriate locations and at different altitude of the slope. Hence, they offer different outlooks of the landscape. Some are located high up with panorama views of the valley and the village, such as the observatory and the spa. Some are positioned in more secluded environment such as the bridge restaurant in the wetland and the meditation house in the woods.


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11 / 17 axonometric X-ray of the valley

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12 / 17 lobby view

Low impact development is another key principle of the project. Pedestrian route is prioritized, and the lobby becomes a trail hub where five trails conflate. The trails are village stone alleys, forest meditation trail, creek trail, observatory trail and kids’ exploration trail in the woods. These trails meander according to the terrain, and connect the facilities.


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13 / 17 view of the Yaodong restaurant

The buildings are designed in a way to avoid massive construction. The choice of materials also emphasises on the principle of ‘kilometre zero’, which prioritises local materials and reusable materials from the existing village. Thus, the architecture grows out from local materials and craftsmanship, and harmonises with the local environment.


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14 / 17 inside Yaodong restaurant
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15 / 17 entrance to the kids' club
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16 / 17 creek villas
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17 / 17 dawn bird view