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ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

China Architecture News - May 12, 2021 - 14:36   3355 views

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Shanghai-based architecture studio ZJJZ Architecture Practice has built four holiday cabins that are made of ellipsoidal surface and clad in pine shingles with mirrored surfaces in a forest of Jiangxi, China.

Named The Seeds Wood Houses, the pod-like cabins, covering 60-square-metre area, echo the natural forms founded in nature in response to the project's brief.

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

In the project, the architects tried to offer a new spatial experience rather than creating merely imitative forms from the nature, thanks to their ellipsoidal geometry, guests are able to catch views and establish the relationship between the structures and their surrounding environment. 

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

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The Seeds, made of four separate pod-like living spaces, seem to arise from another dimension, looking nothing like the studio had originally planned.

Each Seed house is built from a continuous, ellipsoidal surface, but each of them is combined with a mirrored aluminum facade and clad pine shingles. 

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

"This mirrored aluminum cladding reflects the surrounding environment, the changing weather, and seasons," said ZJJZ Architecture Practice. 

"This metal surface takes on the luster of red soil in winter, green plants in spring and summer, mist when wet, and sunshine on bright days." 

"Like the roots of a plant, this reflective cladding anchors each house to the earth, while the pine shingles give the structures a warm, soft aesthetic, allowing the structures to blend into the surrounding nature," added the studio.

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

In considering the functional demands of these buildings, each living unit features several circular openings, creating internal sightlines branching off in various directions. 

As the studio explained, "for instance, the circular hole on the front of the structure leads to the terrace, which is like a stone platform floating on independent foundations." 

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

"A tree penetrates the terrace, providing shade; a round window on the side of the building faces sparse woods, and a larger round window in the attic reveals the sky and the branches of tall trees."

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

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Inside, the pods are clad in wood panels, and the stripes formed by the natural color differentiation of the wood further emphasize the ellipsoidal shape of each structure. 

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

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In plan layout, the units has a large master bedroom overlooking the nature, behind the bedroom there is an entrance and bathroom hidden the back wall, while the staircase takes guests to the attic level. A small storage is also hidden the wall. 

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

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On attic level there is a large space dedicated for children. 

The attic and the first floor are connected by an elliptical staircase that intersects the entryway to form an intriguing, carved-out space.

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Image courtesy of ZJJZ

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Image courtesy of ZJJZ

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Image courtesy of ZJJZ

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Image courtesy of ZJJZ

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Floor plan

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Attic plan

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Roof plan

ZJJZ built The Seeds made of ellipsoidal surfaces and clad in pine shingles in Jiangxi, China

Section

 ZJJZ Architecture Practice previously completed a mushroom-formed wood house in a pine forest of Jiangxi, China.

Project facts

Project name: The Seeds Wood Houses

Architects: ZJJZ 

Location: Jiangxi, China.

Size: 60m2 

Date: 2020 

All images © Tian Fangfang unless otherwise stated. 

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