Located in Ruili, the west of Yunnan Province——the neighboring area between China and Burma. It’s north-west, southwest and southeast is linked together with the landscape of Burma, the villages are facing each other, it’s unique geographical location makes this remote country to have both two countries’ national culture characteristics at one time, which makes it become the most active inland port between China and Southeast Asia. Hengduan Mountains across it, and moist Subtropical monsoon climate brings rich rain and lush forest resources to this place. As a result, this area becomes vast with mysterious color of nature, which stimulate people to explore it. And this is the design philosophy of this project: secret area——as you place yourself in deep caves to explore the secret of landscape, which makes you take on an altogether new aspect. It is a spiritual demand of each customer coming to beauty club and the purpose to improve the spiritual outlook of the customer.
The client hopes to meet the demand of the customers by realizing multifunctional composite with limited space. As a result, there is a big challenge of this project —— how to organize effective filament line and arrange spatial arrangement reasonably with 300m² original space and how to make enough public space under the premise of satisfying the demand of area of functional space.
The designer choose to use dendritic spatial arrangement and only use a T-shaped aisle as transit space, which cuts down transportation streamline, reduce the area of transit space and release space. Thus it provides more abundant area of conditions for the hall reception, waiting, relaxation and man public function. Then form centralized open space, which makes the whole spatial organization orderly.
Combined with the concept of “secret area”, we create a tunnel just like dreamland with T-shaped transport space, customers can realize transitions between different functional blocks by walking through gallery, which makes it become the connector among reception, waiting and relaxation.
The customers enter and go to the lobby reception area, then across the blue gallery to start their beautiful journey——pass the gallery to the waiting area in order, have test of skin type and consult beauty issue, then pass a gallery to the relaxation area, and everything needed is ready including skin care, physical therapy and relaxation. There, the customers can enjoy nursing services, chatting, a cup of tea and so on. Capacious leisure area provides possibility for salon, lecture and public functions. These three spaces progressively increase privately, and the gallery is transition between different functions and spaces.
On the aspect of space selection, using white wood veneer, emulsion varnish and so on as the whole space keynote and embellishing with antique copper brushed stainless steel, crystal board, light gray log. T-shaped gallery is designed with arc vault, and use blue crystal sub-chocolate plate for the wall, roof and floor to create immersive experience of “Deep water ice”, which makes the space be filled with visual tension. Both two form sharp contrast from color and modality, thus, it high-lights the unique impact force of “secret area”
As the extending of “secret area”, the designer choose a large number of waved sculpture in relaxation area to reinforce rendering of landscape. Some of them sag from ceiling, some of them stand upright on the ground, tier upon tier, and each layer of line has soft ups and downs change, which has strong sense of depth. They are the image of mountain and illusion of water.
This project aims to solve the problem of maximizing the using area of functional space, promising the demand for high quality of serviced-oriented architectural apace, adopt dendritic spatial arrangement pattern with more concise and efficient filament, more distinct spatial level and more reasonable function organization. Using T-shaped gallery creatively to connect three function divisions and mainly create secret space.
Coming to here, you just like place yourself to deep caves, which enriches the spatial experience feelings of customers better. It reduces the occupied areas of transport space, as a result, it can leave more room for public activities in order to improve comfort level of space using. Although it makes a sharp contrast between the gallery and other space from colors and materials, it makes the whole space to be one through rendering the landscape atmosphere by waved sculptures.