This is a home for elders renovated by a previously primary school.
There are two challenges in the design: 1. to provide a building which is both open and private; 2. to rethink the new spatial and social relations in this remote village in China.
The strategy is providing four yards around the building communicating with surroundings by transfering the layout from an “L” to an “X”.
In the Matsumoto House in Hyogo, Ando attempts to recreate the contrast between nature light and sky light as Kahn did in his Kimbell Art Museum by doubling up the enclosure of the house to create two overlapping skins (one thick and one thin.) ‘The house turns its back on the street and opens towards its garden through a kind of double-skinned portico.
--TADAO ANDO complete works Francesco Dal Co
Seated on top of a hill, the building takes the advantage from landscapes around it, which encourages the creating of four yards.