Pinggu Village B&B “Living by the Mountain” / DAGA Architects

Pinggu Village B&B “Living by the Mountain” / DAGA Architects

The description of the text was given by the architects. The project is located in Qianjishan Village, Liujiadian City, at the foot of Yaji Mountain, which is a famous Taoist cultural retreat in Beijing Pinggu District. The site is in an ideal location, surrounded by mountains and rivers, and the northeast Taoist temple, Bixia Yuanjun Temple on Yaji Mountain, a famous Taoist temple in eastern Beijing, can be clearly seen from the entrance. Every April, when the peach blossoms in Pinggu are in full bloom, Yaji Mountain attracts many nature lovers who come to immerse themselves in this peach forest scene.

This two-story project of about 300 m2 is designed using rectangular interlacing and superimposition to achieve a spatial block composition inside the house. The main body of the building is used as the main block, from which smaller blocks are inserted for variation, and similar blocks are interlaced.

The inclusion of a large number of right angles gives the building a completely different temperament from its surroundings, both on the facade and inside. The regular relationship between windows and doors was broken and floor-to-ceiling windows were added to improve the building’s permeability to the outside world. Part of the first floor entrance was removed to create a natural canopy.

The exterior window extension also uses irregular rectangular structures interspersed with spatial compositions to make the overall interaction of the building’s masses more apparent. Windows of the same size in the original building were converted into rectangular lenses of different shapes and positions. The attempt is to separate the uniformity of the scene in the peach orchard into several landscape images.

The integration of rougher textured paint and more subtle wood finishes is a wonderful combination. The color of the facade is a warm yellow textural color, and the choice of wood veneer also uses warm tones. Combined with the warm yellow light of the interior, it seems to speak warmly to visitors passing by. The use of warm wall lights on external walls to illuminate the walls, as opposed to the coming and going of natural light, brings a pleasant feeling that can be enjoyed for a long time.

The external staircase is attached to the surface of the building at an angle of 45°, providing an additional connection between the interior rooms and the roof, as well as greater flexibility of the space. Entering the interior space, the open design of the first floor enables communication with the outside world and reflects the openness and inclusiveness of the building itself. On the first floor there is a bar area made of stone and marble slabs to create a feeling of relaxation and integration with nature.

In the original building, the second floor was a closed corridor and the interior was dark due to lack of light. Therefore, during the renovation, two lighting terraces were provided at the top of the corridor on the second floor, that is, on the staircase, which not only brings sunlight into the corridor on the second floor, so that the tenants can feel the change of sunlight all the time, but also opens the border between the two floor and roof. Standing on the roof and looking at the Yaji Mountains, the scenery outside the B&B contrasts with the noisy and lively, fast-moving city as if it were a paradise where the city life’s pause button has been pressed.

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Address:Pinggu, Beijing, China

Location used for reference only. May indicate city/state but not exact address.

Citation: “Pinggu Village B&B “Living by the Mountain” / DAGA Architects” 01 Jan 2022 ArchDaily. Accessed. < ISSN 0719-8884


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