Architecture studio Ares Partners has converted nine traditional farmhouses into an ethereal eco retreat that looks like it's straight out of a movie set. Working with Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, the architects created a hillside oasis that, although modern in every sense of the word, was constructed with a focus on respecting the traditions of the existing Chinese village.
The spectacular Yun House resort is located in a hillside village in the north eastern part of Yangshuo, China. Inspired by the incredible beauty of the surrounding landscape, the architects were challenged to create a contemporary eco-resort by carefully restoring the existing farmhouses.
Of course, converting the existing farmhouses into modern guest homes while retaining the original feel of the structures required a certain architectural sensitivity, “Taking on a sensitive approach to the local culture, with villagers still living nearby, the overall planning and landscape design blends into the original village structure without creating new boundary conditions,” said Helen Wang of Ares Partners.
“The spatial dialogue and sense of continuity between the old and the new buildings maintains an order of symbiosis between the foreign hotel and the local village,” Wang added.
Determined to keep the traditional character of the farm buildings, which were originally constructed from rammed-earth bricks, the architects were able to carefully restore the buildings’ original appearance while carefully adding new functions and materials needed to create a modern resort.
To create a balance between the traditional and modern, the original earthen walls are prominent throughout the guest rooms and common spaces, but complimented with new materials such as bamboo, timber, galvanised steel and concrete. Timber beams and wooden doors were also restored throughout the complex, further paying homage to the original farmhouse style.
Photography by Su Shengliang