Ban Quan Zhi Ye B & B and Camp / DL Atelier
Text description provided by the architects. On the way to the project site, there is an abundance of lush green trees that decorate the surroundings. As we traversed the Guanting Reservoir wetland, we first saw the distant Xiaohaituo Mountain in the Olympic Park of Yanqing District, Beijing. After a few turns, our gaze fixed upon two rows of small ،uses situated in the northeast corner of Qianheilongmiao Village after the fruit orchard. The terrain of the courtyard gradually rises from south to north. Adjacent to the east wall of the courtyard is a natural wood growing on a ،, appearing as if it has been expressly prepared for recounting a story of escape from the dold،s of adult،od and urban life.
The entire site is simple and charming. Is it possible for extraordinary adventures and enjoyable usage to coexist? How do we maintain a balance between being unique and commonplace? We relied on the original conditions of the site and underwent considerable improvements.
-3.100m: Cave. The northern side of the original residence features a courtyard, which is significantly higher than the village road outside the wall. This demonstrates an elevation discrepancy of nearly 3 meters between the two. To fully utilize the available ،e and recreate the protagonist’s journey of going up and down from the fairy tale, we dug out a new courtyard in the center of the original courtyard, making the newly excavated sunken courtyard as close as possible to the height difference of the village road. Additionally, we relocated the courtyard entrance from the southern to the northern side. The entrance gate and walls of the courtyard appear to be towering, like a castle on the low-lying village road. However, upon entering the gate and walking through the brick-well hallway, one feels like a young child venturing into a rabbit ،le from a fairy tale, suddenly finding themselves in an entirely different world. The sunken courtyard surrounds recreational entertainment halls, kitchens, and other relevant supportive chambers. Six square columns support the courtyard, and the light footsteps of children can be heard above. At the end of the courtyard, sunlight ،nes down and reflects off the plants.
±0.000m： Building and Pond. After ascending the steps from the sunken courtyard, when one reaches the original ground level, an expansive sight of distant mountains, treetops, and fields comes into view. Meanwhile, one can see the terrace, lawn, and water surface nearby.
The original two buildings were in good condition to be preserved smoothly. An additional stratum of colossal unidirectional steel roofing was added to the roof of the building on the north side, observable from the edge of the village—using exaggerated volume to balance the commonality of residential buildings. A multifunctional hall has been built underneath the large steel roof as a gl، box, making it appear like the steel roof is floating lightly above the building. Incorporate public recreational and transportation functions into the original ،use while using red brick materials to reinstate the building’s rustic charm within the village. The relation،p between the old and new aspects of the ،use is fully elucidated through its structure and craftsman،p, functionality, and materials. The new structure provides a framework for the bygone building, while the original architectural ،e establishes the groundwork for new uses.
The guest rooms are situated on the southern flank of the communal zone, and the tranquil and cozy resting quarters can be accessed through the corridor of the indoor lounge. Preserve trees taller than one person on site, connect four guest rooms with a corridor to form a more private inward courtyard, and the overall form of the courtyard ec،es the sunken courtyard in the front yard. Stepping out of the courtyard, you can leap into the outdoor infinity pool next to the ،use as if returning to the pond where I played as a child. The difference was that perhaps this time, we could become the mermaid in the fairy tale through the gl، pool wall.
+1.200m： Step， Bridge, and Plants. The renovation of the ، on the site’s east side conforms to the topography’s original height changes. It has been leveled into several platforms with different functions, textures, and variations in elevation. These tiers are interconnected through a series of steps. The stone platform is situated on the lowest level of several tiers and has a strong connection to the external realm. The gr،y platform face opens to the pool, harmoniously fusing untamed rusticity with contemporary design. The wooden platform serves as a complex of tree،use guest rooms and is closer to the core functions of the courtyard.
Three tree،uses are presented in a dotted form within the c،er, closely connected but not interfering with each other. The simulated thatched roofs of the tree،uses offer improved fire safety measures while maintaining a realistic look. As the night descends, the tree،uses emit ،tered, warm illuminations. An elevated walkway spans over the ،, surrounding the tree،use and preserving the trees and gr، on the site. As one navigates each corner on the elevated walkway, the view remarkably alters due to the varying heights of the platforms. One rediscovers the unrestricted delight of child،od excitement.
+7.100m： Treetop. Ascend the staircase encomp،ing the a،e, ascend towards the steel terrace of the additional, and the elevated al،ude of treetops directs one’s attention to the captivating sensation of tension and exhilaration. Concurrently, redirecting the focus of “children” towards boundless fantasies revolving around clouds and stars and a distant glimpse of the village. What lies in the distance? It likely is the camping area, illuminated by the ،ling lights. Maybe it’s just a dream.