The Zen Village is a renovation of key points within a rural village outside of Nanjing. Using an ‘acupunctural’ attitude we hope to revitalize the village and blend the natural and the man-made. Currently under construction.
The lush natural landscape surrounding Nanjing provides a beautiful environment for zen living.
The village, Liangpengxia, is situated south-east of Nanjing, near the satellite city of Lishui, in Jiangsu province.
With the rapid development in China, rural development has slowed and some existing villages lie empty and dormant.
When revitalizing the rural area, we utilize existing architectural structures and an ‘acupuntural’ approach, choosing to blend new architecture into the existing, instead of creating completely new structures.
Local construction techniques.
Considering the beautiful surroundings and the calmness of the region, we wanted to develop typologies which could combine to create one complete ‘zen’ experience of living.
In China, a library does not act as a repository of books, but instead becomes the perfect space within which to study. Calm, quiet, natural, and balanced.
Work with Locals
Local construction methods and materials in the area have been developed to suit the climate, and so we worked closely with the local builders to develop architecture which suited the sites perfectly.
An open-plan area serves as a complete living and working space, which opens up to the forests just outside.
Sketch to Craftsman
Working with natural materials, existing structures, and local craftsmen, many problems need to be solved on site, and so we develop details and tectonics together with the craftsmen on site.
Relationships are generated between a grouping of existing buildings as they combine together using landscape elements to become a spa within the zen village.
We add to the surrounding and intertwining landscape between the buildings by creating a route with sculptural and landscape elements, for people to experience the natural and to link the buildings together.
By extending an existing structure upwards and outwards, we activate the village centre by creating a new activity centre, with new sports facilities.
Team: Martijn de Geus, Soon Chern Tan, Victor Tee, Han Zhang
Client: Lishui Municipal Government Planning Department
Project Year: Ongoing
Location: Liangpengxia, Jiangsu Province, China