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Friday, April 19, 2019

Monoarchi, rural hut in Zhongcun (China)

The firm Monoarchi, based in Rotterdam and Shanghai, has built a wooden hut at the foot of Siming Mountain, in the remote Chinese township of Zhongcun (Zheijiang province). An undulating roof governs its interior-exterior interaction as it opens and closes, determining views and the entrance of natural light and air. This small, 80-square-meter two-level shelter is held up by steel supports grouped in such a way that impact on the landscape is minimized. From the entrance via stairs to the terrace on the second floor, a spiral route leads to all the rooms, which follow one another in a chain. The roof is rigidified by 46 wooden trusses of varying thickness, depending on where they are. Construction was carried out by local artisans using traditional methods.
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