On a small, densely jungle-covered island on a reservoir formed on the Xiu River by the Sihai Dam, an outlandish-looking “village” with a high observation tower, built according to the project of the Shanghai studio Parallel Architecture, recently appeared.
At first glance, the Cabin Fairy Town complex really seems to be a tiny self-sufficient town: there is a high-rise dominant, a square, a central hall, and a cluster of small, high-floating wooden houses, connected by wooden platforms that go through the forest at the level of the crowns of trees. And around the dense thickets of the forest of the cork oak.
However, if you look closely, wooden houses still look like residential buildings: they are all through, without the usual windows and doors and, in fact, are numerous canopies. The “village” itself is the most flexible multifunctional platform for a variety of events: here you can arrange outdoor yoga sessions, master classes in the lap of nature, campsites, and celebrations. Moreover, if necessary, it can be converted into a real residential village.
A new picturesque complex appeared on the site of an old concrete building, which was demolished, the platform was leveled and houses with an observation tower were erected in its place. At the same time, the spot of development completely coincided, and the rhythm of the location of buildings and transitions was suggested by the trees growing around. Moreover, the very orientation of wooden cabins is prompted by views and panoramas: they serve as a kind of frames for the most beautiful viewpoints.
In order to erect a building on a wild island with minimal interference with nature, wooden houses – and here there are three typical modules – were first fully prepared “on the big ground” and then mounted on site. The main material of the cabin is Hongxue pine with treatment against insects and decay, which still retains the original texture of the tree.
Based on the fact that the space should easily adapt to new future functions, three types of wooden cottages have been developed, whose “hollow” frame gives limitless opportunities for subsequent development. In particular, it will be possible to build small residential modules into them.
The multifunctional hall on the central axis of the “town” is an enlarged version of a small wooden hut, but unlike it, it is closed from the ends with glazing and is a spacious, spectacular multi-weather space.
The highest point of the whole island is the observation tower with a steel frame: magnificent panoramas of the lake and the islets around come off from above. The openwork wooden facade is made permeable to reduce the wind load, but thanks to the play of light and shadow, it is amazingly beautiful at sunrises and sunsets.
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