The background is the active promotion of the New Rural Movement in the suburban of Jiading District, Shanghai. By introducing celebrated artists into villages, this remote and segregated suburban could share developing dynamics from the city. It could also facilitate a marriage between the emerging culture industry and scenic country landscapes.
The site is surrounded by rivers on three sides, together with a typical south-eastern country landscape. A concrete structure and appearance were chosen for this building to resonate with the nature and wild environment. Additionally, the quality and atmosphere of this artistic space would also be articulated through this approach.
The design started with the artist's working and living requirements through careful consideration of site features. The studio is divided into two parts. The eastern part is two stories high, functioning as the private space for the artist to paint, study, and sleep. Therefore, this linear volume is more solid and exclusive to the outside for keeping privacy.
The western part of the site is an existing rebuilt traditional wooden frame building at the very beginning. It was preserved and used as the main axis to organize the layout of this newly developed area. The courtyard system, presenting a classical spatial meaning, provides the artist with stages for frequent public activities.
The height difference between the two parts was used to make the roof of the western part a beautiful terrace with an open view into the surrounding country landscape. The terrace connects other working and living spaces through various paths, expanding to the public space on the ground floor for the possibility of multiple usages. Moreover, the drainage system of the roof was designed openly in terms of the rainy season, and to be integrated with the skylight window structure in detail.