construction progress 2017.03.23 photography: KuoMin Lee
A sanctuary where walls roam free
On a mountain top with acacia forests, curve walls meander in and out of the lush landscapes to create an 8 room retreat. Along the sweeping contours of the ocean front site, these free roaming curve walls define the boundaries between public/ private and inside/ outside spaces.
The concrete flat slab and bearing wall structural system enables the building’s ribbon like walls to swoop in and out of the floor plans independent of each other. Each floor has a different “free roaming” wall configuration dictated by room layouts, views or the necessity for wind barriers against strong seasonal winds.
At the stairs, curve walls fly off the 2F and 3F floor plate to form hovering sound wells to echo the sounds of acacia leaves rustling in the strong ocean winds. On the ground floor, the wall arches out of the ground floor to embrace an entry court. Guests are made aware of the rustling echos as they move through the building.
The retreat is designed with 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. A filtration pond at the front entry showcases the retreat’s grey water recycling system as a landscape focus.
Along the length of the free roaming sculptural walls, the retreat’s rustic materiality transitions from rough concrete to mosaic or wood. Guests are gently nudged in and out of the wild landscapes along constant shifts of light and shadows, with sounds of rustling acacias swaying in the salt-tinged winds ringing melodic in their ears.
scope: architecture, interior and landscape
site: Kenting, Pingtung
site area: 2,880 sqm
construction: 2016 –