Ceramics have been used to blend the old with the new in Yangqing, China. Settled amongst the traditional homes the Intertwine House takes the form of its neighbouring properties, matching them in pitch and size, but offering a bold, modern style.
The Architects responsible for the design, Wonder Architects, are relatively new on the scene, being formed in 2017 by Zhu Qipeng, Wang Chong, and Wang Sidi. Their projects have frequently featured modern design aimed at boosting rural areas without entirely separating them from their traditional architecture.
The original building that occupied the Intertwine House’s space was a house built for weddings in the 1980s. The new structure was also extended and built onto land that was formerly garden space. Connecting the two buildings is a small area that leads to bedrooms and a bathroom. It’s here where the exposed wood and brick show the property’s original features.
The roof terrace stunningly intertwines brick and ceramic, meshing the two together to create unique walls, blending the pale turquoise with the various oranges of the large, flat bricks. Here is the perfect marriage of old with new, showing how easy it is to flow from one to the other, to keep important structural accents, but bring in modern elements to allow light to flow through and spaces to breathe.
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