Villa Huamao Renovation
The renovation of Huamao Villa offered an opportunity for the architect to practice on physical and visual transition from the interior to exterior garden through an architectural approach.
To this end, the architect challenged the traditional definitions on house and courtyard as well as the independence that is commonly existing between buildings and gardens by creating different types of transitional spaces. The interior and exterior are connected by glass house and sunken plaza, which also created more possibilities to traditional residential experience.At the beginning of the design, the architect elaborated the tour circulation of the garden to link it withthe building, integrating the interior, half-opened spaces and the courtyard into a place where people can enjoy and play.Therefore, the traditional idea of personal residence falls apart, where the interior is no longer a living space alone, and the exterior is no longer for viewing and playing.
The more challenging part is to precisely position the objects inside the garden, including the plants, stones and white sand. Any of them would be crucial to the overall temperament and experience. The architect also designed a scroll map of all the recommending route by change each window and door into sketches. Even the landscapes one can capture when he is standing, walking or sitting down, and the changes of view as people walking are carefully considered during the design.
The use of materials is also an important partof the visual landscape: transparent and translucent materials, including glass, mirror steel and aluminum panels arecombined with materials of high reflection to create interlaced and purified spaces. It also breaks the visual barrier of traditional walls and reflects exterior landscape into the interior. The garden of the compound is introduced into the yard, and the yard is introduced into the interior. The natural landscape has been injected into the life under the roof by layer.
Therefore, people will be unconsciously liberated from the customary experience and perspective when traveling through architecture and spaces, which is considered a modern expression of the spirit of garden in Eastern tradition.