TROP translates the ancient rainy rooftops of shaoxing into 'an villa'

2022-08-08 06:07:45 By : Ms. info lin

shanghai-based practice TROP: terrains + open space completes its ‘an villa’ in shaoxing, a city along the south of china’s yangtze river. here, visitors can get lost in a network of alleys, bridges, and canals. the built fabric of the area is defined by its irrigation system and its ancient rooftops clad with overlapping tiles — elements which drove the design of the contemporary villa. 

drawing inspiration from this architectural technique, the design team at TROP creates a water feature at the ‘arrival court.’ the delicate roof structure not only captures the essence of the ancient roof but also highlights the architectural history of shaoxing. by creating a rain-like effect, this artistic installation becomes the ‘pride and pleasure’ of shaoxing heritage.

with the design of its ‘an villa,’ TROP (see more here) also took inspiration is from the environment of shaoxing. paying close attention to the relationship between the rooftops and water runoff, the team acknowledged the way the roofs direct water through the gutters, managing rainwater throughout the whole city. the current city of shaoxing sees a lot of rain every year, sometimes resulting in flooding. the project marks a celebration of this rainwater management.

the design team notes the importance of rain as a defining characteristic of the area, that children ‘can never forget the scene of rain hitting the eave. every end of summer follows a rainy season. after dripping from eaves for a few days, the summer fades away swiftly. ‘rain beating the eaves’ carries the memory of the season for generations who live in jiangnan.‘ in celebration of the rainy city, TROP: terrains + open space aims to translate the childhood memory into a built space. 

TROP: terrains + open space integrates natural planting combined with sculptural, spherical shrubs to create a new ecology within its ‘an villa.’ the design hopes to create a zen village south of the yangtze river. the plants focus on the interesting natural village feeling of the south of the yangtze river and the ecological ancient towns.

in the design, the eaves, ridges, and waterscape of the water village in jiangnan are integrated. walking in it is like walking by the river of the ancient town, and the roof pours on people, bringing a cultural atmosphere. the rhythmic, opening and closing space is formed by landscape walls, corridors, and plants. from the penetrating view of the space to the grandeur and vitality of the front courtyard, and then to the zen tranquility of the sunken courtyard, several spaces form different space atmospheres.

image © yuan wei kang

image © DID studio image © DID studio

project title: an villa

architecture: TROP: terrains + open space | @trop_terrains_openspace

location: shaoxing, zhejiang provice, china

photography: DID studio, yuan wei kang

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