The Vertical Siheyuan was QUAD studio’s response to a simple brief from a client who looking for a holiday home in his home town in the province of Guangdong. Adjacent to an ancient village that dates back to the Song Dynasty, QUAD was inspired by historical dwellings within the village. As with all medieval villages in Southern China, all ancient dwellings within the vicinity based on the Chinese quadrangle configuration or Siheyuan and these ancient dwelling defines living culture dating back over 2000 years. Our approach was to combine east and west cultures in a single development.
Location: An undisclosed Village in Guangdong, PRC
Area : Approx. 8000 square metre
Client : Undisclosed Private Client
Design Team : Wai Tang, Kelvin Chu, Eric Wen, and Landy Liu
In today’s contemporary and modern interpretations of living based on the idea of shell and core where the core contains the workings of the building and the rooms at peripheral has views out. In Chinese culture, the concept of residential dwelling is completely opposite where the Siheyuan if predominantly inward looking and the rooms at the peripheral look inwards.
With our dwelling, the question arises about what if we can look out and in as well? A courtyard building that has views to its surroundings. We also expanded this idea to multiple levels creating a vertical Siheyuan. The three storey apartment has openings on the corners, that allows cross ventilation as the overhangs allow shading with pockets of open space all around the tower allows planting creating a dwelling that breaths.
These three storey apartments are stacked and connected by elevators that take each resident to their private sky garden that then leads them to their entrance of their apartments.
Clubhouse for entertainment and guest are located at the lower 3 levels whilst the top floor is reserved for the family museum. Sitting next to the temple, the Vertical Siheyuan is a contemporary dwelling that is ecofriendly, energy saving and a showcase for future living for 4 families all in a single tower.
To know more about the interior design of Vertical Siheyuan, please click the following link: https://www.thequadstudio.com/article/141