IDPA Japan Design Award

2024 International Design Pioneer Award | Japan Tokyo



Project Description

Location: DALI
Design Company: ESON DESIGN
Chief Designer: Jian Li
Assistant Designer:Xiaohua Zhong
Area: 1600m²
Cost: RMB 8 million
Design Cycle: Aug.2019-Aug.2020
Completion time: Dec.2023
Main Materials: Marble, plain rock slabs, Nice wood, art paints
Client Name: Mr Wu
Photographer: 4U STUDIO Architectural Space Photography
TWELVE CLOUDS HOMESTAY is located on the east coast of the Erhai Lake in Dali, Yunnan Province, looking at the Cangshan Mountains and facing the Erhai Lake Dali was founded in the Tang and Song dynasties, and it has carried the history of Yunnan for more than 1400 years. "Green tiles and white walls with sloping roofs, small courtyards with gate towers and walls" describes the traditional Bai architecture of Dali. The design of this case combines the traditional Bai architecture with modernization, and opens up the three townhouses to each other, so that each room can have a spatial structure of a front garden and backyard, and all of them can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake.
Source of inspiration This case combines the traditional Bai architecture with modern space, in the design of the traditional residents of Dali courtyard form, upward and built; courtyard design using traditional Bai residential elements, green tiles and white walls, courtyard water features, exquisite and dynamic beauty, space is more in line with the living habits of modern people. This place is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, far away from the world's pomp and circumstance, and is an unfinished poem of returning to quality life.
Inspired by traditional Chinese colors, the designers expressed the theme colors of the twelve rooms in twelve traditional Chinese colors, which is the origin of the homestay's name "TWELVE CLOUDS", and also depicted the unpredictable and dreamy clouds of Dali through the space.
Design Highlights
In the architectural design of the homestay, the architect adopts the deconstructionist spatial approach in many places. The staircase corridor of the homestay adopts the deconstructive design of staggered interspersed, horizontal and vertical, superimposed, and the windows on the third floor make use of the landscape to create a scene by using the framed perspective design approach, and the most wonderful point of the frame is that different shapes of frames can frame different landscapes and will be transformed along with the change of the people's viewpoints, and the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Sea outside the windows have become the most wonderful scenic photo at this moment.
In the room design, the ceiling adopts the traditional Chinese architectural technique of sloping roof design, which makes the space dynamic. The space created by simple and natural materials introduces the scenery outside the window into the interior, and the intervention of natural substances provides a better interpretation of the level and depth of the space. Marble, art paint, wood, decorative paintings and the Erhai Sea outside the window, the interior and exterior seem to resonate quietly.
At TWELVE CLOUDS HOMESTAY , we see the wind, flowers, snow and moon, the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake, as well as the link between the beauty of traditional Chinese colors and the space of contemporary architecture, allowing space and nature to flourish.


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