Evolution Design, founded by Adams Guan and Ray Jin, is a Beijing-based architecture firm, specializing in architectural and interior design services, carrying out projects from conception to completion.
Presented project, given the name Grandma’s Yard, is a renovation of an old farm house located in the Huangshandian Village in China. Starting with an already good base, the architects took the given floorplan into account when rebuilding the house. They rethought the layout in a way, which didn’t involve drastic changes, rather made the structure more convenient. In order to maximize the spatial features the interior dining area connects with the exterior pavilion, while the bedrooms with unique floorplans are separated. The studio also made sure to enhance the experience of the beautiful views. “To ensure the privacy of the main living area, at the same time to save the best mountain view for the last, we added an exterior corridor outside the main living room facing the entry way.
Glass roof on top of this corridor allows for sunshine and dotted tree shadows spraying into the room, semi-transparent U-shaped glass wall tries to conceal the verdant mountain view; peaceful light seeping through the corridor lights up the courtyard like a lantern,” shared the architects. The rebuild house also includes a calm resting platform and even a private theater. Using as much local material as possible, the studio managed to keep the costs low, while also contributing to the prosperity of local culture. The outcome of the architect’s work is not only a perfectly implemented project, but it also tells a lot about the principles the practice follows. Saving and renovating the ruined houses around town, the architecture practice encourages the locals to take advantage of the countryside’s beautiful features and welcome the people who wish to relax, leaving the busy cities behind.