The fashion designer Sun Min and architect Christian Taeubert have renovated a neglected cottage set around a courtyard in rural China, and that’s what we bring today the renovated cottage in rural China. Located in a village outside of Beijing, the refurbished cottage retains many of its original rustic features such as its original timber beams and roof, which sit alongside modern additions such as the large sliding glass doors.
Min and Taeubert, both based in Beijing, had noticed that the majority of people of working age in the suburban village of Hai Zhen had left to live in the city. The duo became enthused by the idea of revitalizing the community of these villages outside of Beijing.
The central space is occupied by a lounge with a wood burning stove, a kitchen and dining area, and a small sleeping space on a raised platform at the far end. A master bedroom and bathroom sit at the other end of the dwelling behind a stainless steel partition wall.
Taubert and Min took care to retain original features such as the exposed beams and mottled plaster walls but added in slick modern elements such as large sliding doors, a stainless steel kitchen and contemporary wire frame lighting.
The renovation also saw the outdoor courtyard and its dry stone walls overhauled with new turfed and graveled areas for playing and lounging.
“Developing rural areas is often less about preserving tradition and more about reviving because the tradition is not really present,” said Min and Taeubert.
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