The Mushroom

ZJJZ
29. março 2021
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ

The Mushroom is located in a pine forest. Thus, handling the relationship between nature and the architecture became the essential approach of our design.

Project: The Mushroom — a wood house in the forest, 2020
Location: Jiangxi, China
Client: TREE WOW  
Architect: ZJJZ
  • Lead Architects: Sean Shen, Xuanru Chen, Yuying Kate Tsai
Structural Engineer: XIE Technologies  
Contractor: Zhejiang Huzhou deyi Construction Co., Ltd.
Built Area: 50 m2
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ

The architectural form of the Mushroom is composed of two simple volumes according to the functions. The main part of the mushroom is the guest room space, with a panoramic window set up near the viewing height. When sitting on chairs or leaning on the bed, the guests are immersed in the surrounding nature. The loft serves as a child area, linked by the small-scale stairs. The pure white cone-shaped roof is rounded on top, creating a sense of unbounded extension to the space.

Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ

The bathroom and storage space are arranged in a simple rectangular volume, which is inserted into the main body of the Mushroom. A horizontal window is designed next to the bathtub, avoiding the view from pedestrian path to ensure privacy, while bringing nature into the space. Meanwhile, the circular skylight at the top introduces different expressions of light and shadows with the change of time and weather. This poetic space also serves as the entrance lobby of the house, where the guests often visit and linger. 

Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ

The Mushroom house adopts a lifted steel structure to minimize the impact of construction on the site. As time goes by, green plants on the ground will gradually spread to embrace the building. The cone-shape roof is cladded with pine woods, while the rest of the house is coated with granolithic concrete. The material changes in color with humidity and time, allowing the building to harmonize with the surrounding natural environment.

Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Photo: Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Drawing: ZJJZ
Drawing: ZJJZ
Drawing: ZJJZ
Drawing: ZJJZ

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