Poem The Sea of Cao Cao
I come to view the boundless ocean
From Stony Hill on eastern shore.
Its water rolls in rhythmic motion,
And islands stand amid its roar.
Tree on tree grows from peak to peak;
Grass on grass looks lush far and high.
When I first visit this place, the poetry between the mountains and the sea is like a talented woman dyed by the wind and dust of thousand years, tantalizing my heart.
I’m dying to save this initial touch and to reproduce its prosperity again in the name of design.
传统与新生Tradition and Rebirth
The old book Zhoushan Zhi reads: "Weng is surrounded by the sea, although it is not a rich land, but its fields are for farming, mountains for woodcutters and the sea for fishermen, which makes it known as a place of abundant food". Surrounded by mountains and the sea, the old site of the project is a long-abandoned fishing village which has been gradually decaying in the wind and sun, where we can still feel the vague atmosphere of antiquity and remnants of Jiangnan architecture that tells the stories of people's production and life in the old time. "Qing Shizi "(means Blackstone) comes from the name of this old village. In order to live up to the poetry of the mountains and the sea, and to live up to the lineage of the history, the design is tailored to create "reconstruction and renewal" to achieve symbiosis and integration with nature.
When initialing the construction, part of the original stone walls were intended to be retained to build the main reception center of the hotel, thus highlighting the eco-friendly design idea and injecting fresh blood into the building's rebirth. However, in consideration of the scale of the building and the fact that the original wall structure had been severely damaged and cannot be used, that plan was given up. Instead, local materials were used such as white stucco and stone walls to express the DNA of the dwellings that have been handed down from one generation to the next.
In order to preserve the character and appearance of the traditional village as far as possible, the design team studied the vernacular architecture, analyzed the local residential architectural forms and sorted out the characteristics of the natural environment to obtain inspiration for the exterior design of the building.
In terms of landscape planning, the designers made every effort to reduce the traces of human intervention to achieve the realm of “Man-Made but Natural”, and to preserve the original touch of the natural landscape.
The interior space is designed to meet functional and aesthetic needs in an open structure. The design is adapted to the local context by combining the local history and culture, the natural environment and emerging trends, thus to create a new modern “village” outside the city——a gathering place for urbanites to relax, meet and socialize.
与自然共融Communion With Nature
Live among the mountains and besides the sea and away from the hustle and bustle of social life, here you will see the sea shines with golden light from the setting of the moon in the west to the rising of the sun. The sunsets envelops everything in a gentle embrace, the waves linger, and the fishing boats return to the port. As the twilight sinks, the lights are lit. Facing it, one always loses track of time and her thoughts are drawn into the ebb and flow of the tide.
Sea, light, air and sound become the most natural presence here. Form, space and materials are used as the medium to create an architectural environment of enjoyable senses. In the design of the rural hotel, the natural landscape is the protagonist of the space design. The designers make the building to be an extension of nature by bringing nature into the man-made environment.
The concept of natural symbiosis is always present in the design: not only the symbiosis of the building or landscape with the natural environment, but also the harmonious symbiosis of traditional culture and modern aesthetics, which is the core idea and highlight of the design.
All the locations around the mountains and sea views are enhanced with large glass curtain walls to increase the visual openness. In terms of space, the natural light, as the medium, enhances the interaction between people and space where people can gain physical and mental pleasure through view and experience.
潮流与永恒Trendy and Timeless
The whole building is integrated into the natural environment in an understated and elegant way, with a light structure providing a sense of open space. Built in the style of a U-shaped house, the ground floor is a public space containing a reception hall, a dining room, a café, a meeting room, a kitchen and a toilet. There is a large tree in the front courtyard guarding the building and the poetry of memory. The atrium is integrated with the interior by an arched doorway, forming a relationship between the inside and the outside.
The design of the interior space reflects more modern aesthetic needs and tendencies, with a hint of fashion perceptible in elements such as the arches and revolving staircase. However, the subdued colors, simple shapes, careful details and materials show the respect and thoughtfulness of the design for traditional architectural ideas.
As for the entire interior space, the reception area is in the mood of relaxation and leisure. The design team took great care to avoid overwhelming design that would take away from the natural landscape. Simple and pure materials and clean lines are used to create a coherent and soothing spatial form. The visuals and dynamic lines are combined to convey a sense of calm and relaxation, and the scale, light and color create a positive, dynamic and soft atmosphere.
Natural materials such as rattan, cotton and linen, and rammed earth are used to create a rustic atmosphere in the space. The open glass windows frame the landscape of the mountains and trees on all sides to the greatest extent possible. With this scene of light and shadow intertwining and moon shadows floating, the body feels comfortable and relaxed with wonderful sensations.
Inside the guestrooms, open skylights or floor-to-ceiling glass windows bridge a dialogue between the inside and the outside and the spatial boundaries are broken down for guests to experience the beauty of being in nature to a great extent. Plus, the experience of natural symbiosis is enhanced by stargazing at night and bathing the sunrise in the morning.
▽ 海景套房 Sea View Suite
▽ 山景套房Mountain View Suite
▽ 山景大床房Mountain View King Room
海上日与夜Day and Night at Sea
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once exclaimed, “The sea gives us the idea of the indefinite, the unlimited, and infinite; and in feeling his own infinite in that Infinite, man is stimulated and emboldened to stretch beyond the limited.” Those who are born to the sea have a unique affinity with the sea. For them, the rich and wonderful blue is ever-changing and yet eternal.
Sitting in the west dining room, the view of the entire space extends to the sea, or to the tents and huts looming in the shade on the other side. The verdant ridge is as beautiful as a landscape painting. In the sofa area, the black volcanic stone walls evoke the fleeting moments when the sea hits the shore and then fades away. The vessels are vessels, and the objects are objects, without any traces of decoration. Guests will feel peaceful and relaxed when the delicious food is dancing among their teeth, as if all the trappings of city life have been washed away.
The coffee area on the west side is another great place to clear your mind of distractions. The floor-to-ceiling windows are bright on three sides to reveal the landscape, the sunrise, the sea and the islands etc. which are all in full view. It’s a good time for the guests to make a cup of black coffee and to open a good book they've been admiring for a long time. While time flows quietly, they may revisit the past or think about the present or the future, or perhaps both.
Early morning and dusk are the most beautiful moments when the sunlight gently spreads into every corner of the interior. Everything around is gilded with a layer of golden light and the guests are embraced with the green shimmering. At dusk, in the café, whether talking with friends or contemplating under the moon alone, the trivial routine is far away from us, and the poetry of life in the mysterious, deep and dreamy atmosphere pervades in front of us.
At night, insects and frogs are chirping in the ears and the stars in the sky are decorating the guests’ dreams. When looking up, people are thrilled to making a wish when the shooting stars gliding by, as if they were being in the childhood hometown. What a close between man and nature here!
To go to the mountains and the sea, and to live up to the love. Life is a "game" for the brave to play with waves rising between order and chaos. Perhaps the deeper meaning of life is like the sea rushing and like mountains standing. When we finally gain the inner strength, we grow to love life itself, gain courage and return to peace.
▽ 项目总平面Master plan
▽ 接待中心建筑平面图 Reception building floor plan
项目介绍 Project Description
Project Name｜Zhenlong-Blackstone Resort
Design by｜Shanghai Z& Design Studio
Design director｜Zoe Zhu
Design Team｜Ji Xiaojing, Zhou Zongliang, Ke Jin
Project Owner｜Zhoushan Zhenlong Tourism Management Co.
Project Construction｜Shanghai Weifan Architecture & Decoration Design Engineering Co.
Design area｜1000㎡(architecture and interior) 12000㎡(landscape)
Design time｜September 2020
Completion date｜December 2021
Main Materials：Microcement, Terrazzo, Volcanic Rock, Raw Wood Veneer, Rammed Earth Panel, Brass Stainless Steel
Project Photography｜Hanmo Photography, Yi Gao