缘起 | Origin

我们生活在城市中,城市盛放着我们的身体,我们的身体盛放着我们“自己”。每个人的自己,是一座孤岛,也是一座花园,我们终其一生,都在寻找、认识这个自我。通过经历,通过学习,通过伤痛,通过磨练,通过幸福,感受自己,感受自己与外界的链接。这个链接过程,是我们对瑜伽理解。接到ONE THIRD YOGA的项目委托时,也就是我们这次瑜伽习练的开始……

We live in cities, where our bodies are contained, and in our bodies, “ourselves” are contained. The self of every person is an island, and also a garden. Throughout our lives, we’ve been looking for and learning about ourselves. Through experience, study, pain, tempering and happiness, we feel ourselves and our connection with the outer world. The connection process is our understanding of yoga. Receiving the project commission of ONE THIRD YOGA is also the start of this yoga practice…

space entrance ©申强


开篇 | Opening 

建筑回应气候、场地、人文、功能和人等等,那室内应该回应什么?是否应该是在建筑需要关照的所有基础条件上再加上建筑 ? 建筑条件是室内关于场地信息的最重要载体,这些都将是我们营建整理空间的原始依据。是“因借体宜”中可借用的对象,也是“随形顺势”中那重要的“势“与“形”。

Buildings echo with climate, site, culture, function and people, so what should interior echo with? Should it be adding buildings onto all the basic conditions to be concerned by buildings? Construction conditions are the most important carrier of site information for interior design, and all of them will be original bases for creating and organizing the space. They are borrowable objects in “interdependence, borrowing, appropriateness, suitability”, and the important “local conditions” when “adjusting to local conditions”.

view of the reception desk through the glass ©申强


随形与借势 | Adjusting to Local Conditions


Located in the art park near China Academy of Art, the project is on the highest hillside terrace and against the giant gable, overlooking the white building complex in the park. The entrance to the yard is at the end of a U-shape slope, hiding behind the wall. Go up a few steps and turn around, you can see a lawn surrounded by white three-floor buildings and a square building.

reception area on the first floor ©郭靖

details of the reception desk ©郭靖


Entering into the yard, a path of slabs and concrete lead us right to the entrance to the building. The sunlight pavilion on the left and the side porch on the right of the entrance are additions afterwards, to complete and enrich internal functions while trying to maintain unity with original buildings. Change of demands for functions drives us to re-organize the space, and lead to following additions and “alteration” to part of the original building.

space perspective ©边界空间设计


The lobby on the first floor is the traffic node for multiple functional spaces on this floor and pathways to second and third floors, and it also includes reception. The reception desk is stacked on extending steps, and appear to be independent and comfortable surrounded by two modularized spaces (entrance area to the integrated classroom and the cleaner’s room) that don’t go to the ceiling. These space modules also enable the extensive ceiling to blur boundaries among spaces and create the perception of continuous overall space.

the lobby connected to the courtyard ©郭靖

side porch ©郭靖


Adding the sunlight pavilion is to develop a gathering point for relaxation, sharing and discussion. The addition makes use of the trapezoidal crevice between the original building and the fencing next door, and leaves a narrow long chamber in the innermost side, to attend to lighting, ventilation of surrounding spaces and to expand the continuity and transparency of these spaces.  The profound and endless feeling generated by wandering about and walking around among several spaces and visual penetration into each other is the most expected and valued atmosphere in a space.

sun room 上图©申强,下图©郭靖


The pavilion has a roof of steel structure and glass, and one edge of the chamber as the“height” of the trapezoid, namely, the position of its H-shape steel beam, dividing the trapezoid roof right into a triangle and a rectangle. Roof on both sides incline inwards, and the beam elevation is the lowest. The upper groove of the H-shape steel is used to collect rain water splatter from both inclined roofs, and bring water into the chamber with higher elevation on the outside and lower on the inside, to form the scene of rain and irrigate the chamber.

details of the sun room ©郭靖


On the back of the chamber is the path to the meditation room. Internal-external, elevation and privacy relationships among the chamber, corridor and meditation room sharing the long window next the the path are different. Hereinto, the double-door fixture made using the structural column among the three is the key to solving the problem. We raise the floor of the meditation room and lower the window facing the gable of at the edge of the site, to capture subtle sense of body brought by the vision from meditation hunkering. With moss growing on the lower part of the gable all the year round, the exterior of the window and the whole vision are full of greenery. The quite atmosphere is suitable for practicing meditation, vipassana and respiration.

meditation room ©郭靖


The integrated classroom on the first floor is the largest one, suitable for large-scale comprehensive theory courses and practices. Treatment of the structural central column and the centripetal relationship among arcs of the ceiling implies mental centrality in the tranquil spatial atmosphere.

the comprehensive classroom on the first floor ©郭靖

details of the comprehensive classroom ©郭靖


The staircase running through three floors was originally built with steel frame, yet through integration based on the original structure, the lowest flight is made with lateral overhang steps and on the upper section, the outer side plate of the handrail is sealed. The first two steps are extended into a platform covering the whole staircase area, to hold the rectangle reception desk. The handrail hangs across the steps from the first landing, and pre-buried and casted in the concrete platform.

stairs overlooking ©申强


The classroom on the second floor has French windows on three sides, with leaves of camphor trees approaching the windows, filling the room with greenery. Sufficient lighting enables the classroom to be in a soft atmosphere like a soft light box all day long, making it suitable for practicing stretched out movements. When the weather is suitable, choosing to practice yoga on the outdoor terrace is also a good experience. The bar area serves for temporary relaxation and communication, and attends to the outdoor terrace.

second floor classroom 上图©申强,下图©郭靖

second floor bar ©申强

bathroom ©郭靖

三层原建筑的钢架结构极具形式感。我们希望能保留这种形式带来的力量感,在以 “回”字型墙体嵌套平面布局上,内层墙壁开窗用以对应外圈原建筑墙体的开窗,保留自然采光。用三层习练室与公区间隔墙的内退和开窗位置的对位操作突出原钢结构的节点,加之利用工字钢凹槽设置的采光灯槽,使之结构节点成为贯穿相邻几个空间的精神核心。

The steel structure on the third floor of the original building boasts a sense of form. We hope to keep the sense of power brought by this form. On the floor plan with embedded hollow square walls, inner walls are windowed to echo with windows on outer walls of the original building and keep natural lighting. Nodes of the original steel structure on the third floor is highlighted through the counterpoint of the retrieved partition wall between the practicing room and public area with windowed position. In addition, using the groove of H-shape steel as troffer for lights makes the structural nodes the spiritual core connecting several adjacent spaces.

three-story cloister ©郭靖

Cloister detail 左图©郭靖,右图©申强


The practicing room on the third floor has a wall like red mountains, and edge recession on on both sides of the wall and three sides of the ceiling makes clear the sense of independence of the wall. On the contrary, steel structure inserted into the crevice nests with the red wall, bringing the feeling of endless boundary, and putting practitioners into a unique stretching atmosphere.

three-story classroom ©郭靖

three-story private classroom ©郭靖


结语 | Conclusion


The project intends to reflect fully on unique conditions of the site, and follow and borrow its original advantages, so as to make the space natural and loose on the basis of satisfying its functions, and manifest the quality and spiritual texture of the space more deeply. It provides yoga practitioners a space to pay attention to themselves and caters for various forms of practice, enabling them to feel, understand and find themselves through physical practice.

stair detail ©申强

plan analysis chart ©边界空间设计

建筑面积:750 ㎡

Project Name: ONE THIRD YOGA
Designer: Boundary Space Design
Website: www.boundaryspacedesign.com
Email: bsd_tom@aliyun.com
Company address :401,Building1,Gemini Mansion,1785 Jianghan Roa,Hangzhou
Completion Time: 2021
Project Area: 750 m2
Project Location: No. 23, Xiangshan Art Commune, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Lead Architect: Tom Huang
Project Photography: Shen-Photo、Jing Guo
Website (Shen-Photo): www.shen-photo.com
Website ( Jing Guo ): www.jingguo-photography.com

设计团队: 黄三秀、高巍东、施甫、宋帅奇
委托方: 1/3 YOGA
施工 : 奕賦築造
品牌: Vitra、Flos、术木、西顿

Creators and Design Team:、Tom Huang 、Allen Gao、Fu Shi、Damon Soong
Construction: INNERFIX
Material: concrete, fiberboard, ceramic tiles, acrylic
Brand: Vitra, Flos, Artwood, Cdn
Written by: Tom Huang