construction progress 2017.03.23 photography: KuoMin Lee
A sanctuary where walls roam free
On an ocean front mountain top of acacia forests, curved walls meander in and out of the lush landscapes to create an 8 room retreat. Along the sweeping horizontal expanse of the land, organic lines describe the boundaries between public/ private and inside/ outside spaces.
The 3 storey concrete flat slab and bearing wall structural system enables a series of ribbon like walls to swoop in and out of the floor plan independent of each other. Each floor has a different, “free wall” configuration dictated by room layouts, views or the necessity for wind barrier against strong sessional winds. On the ground floor, part of the free wall becomes courtyard walls. At times, The free wall juts off the floor plate as a cantilevered “flying wall”, which are hovering courtyard walls that form sound wells for capturing the sounds of acacia leaves rustling in the strong ocean winds. Guests are made aware of this melodic, unforgettable audio sensation as they move through the stairs and or passing through the entry courtyard.
The retreat has a rain water system to fill its 360 degree panoramic infinity pool on the rooftop. Full height glass windows are shielded by deep overhangs to mitigate solar exposure. In-room clerestory openings and pitched roofs of top floor rooms enable cross ventilation. A filtration pond at the front entry show cases the retreat’s grey water recycling system as a landscape focus.
Along the length of its sculptural monolithic free walls, the retreat’s rustic materiality change intermittently from rough concrete to metal, mosaic or wood. Guests are gently nudged in and out of the wild landscapes along the constant transformation of light and shadows, with the sounds of acacias swaying to the salt-tinged winds ringing melodic in their ears.
scope: architecture, interior and landscape
site: Kenting, Pingtung
site area: 2,880 sqm
construction: 2016 –