Project: Shen Shen Garden
Architects: Yushe Yuzhu
Location: Shanghai, China
Photographs by: (T+E) Hu Yijie
Shen Shen Garden by Yushe Yuzhu
Yushe Yuzhu have finished their Shen Shen Garden project in Shanghai, China. At first glance, you might think it is a normal contemporary home but if you step inside, you are going to find that this contemporary building is actually an office building with some living spaces as well. That was the entire point of the design where working should feel as comfortable as relaxing in your home. To furthermore create a feeling of harmony, the architects made sure to preserve most of the existing trees, creating a feeling that the building is supposed to grow up among the trees.
The project is located at a private garden in suburban Shanghai, which has a splendid view of trees with shade in late spring. By living and working here away from the hustle and bustle of city, the owner tries to seek a balance between modern life and his inner world.
It’s a place for dancing and sitting in meditation, crying and laughing as well as thinking and whispering. It’s such a mood that ‘when one was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy.’
The relationship between building and tress is emphasized in design. The architects try to reserve most of existing trees with least remove and addition. The building is supposed to ‘grow up’ among trees.
Which is more important, building or trees? Are trees embraced in the building? Or is the building hidden in trees? This is no need to find the answer.
Constructed with plain concrete the building has a raw surface of hand-made marks, which enhances its vitality among trees. Concrete walls of different heights stretch between building and trees to create vivid spaces with a sense of both cleanness and variedness.
It’s a journey starting from entry to the garden, which moves through trees with shade and walls of concrete, by leaving busy urban life behind.
The building has three parts for working, relaxing and living connected by terraces and corridors. Those who walk through it could have an intimate touch with trees. By window openings the architects define frames of nature indoors. The owner could feel a variety of nature scenes in different seasons.
Tears in eyes when I’m leaving here every time, for I’m in deep love with the ‘shen shen garden’, a garden of ease and peace.