House G

Best Constructed Private Residence

About the project
Amid the intense commercial development of China’s countryside, House G is an atypical mode of rural intervention. Rather than serving investors, the design is honestly based on the fundamental needs of users and their living habits. It is a house that reflects the domestic lives and activities of the family, as opposed to be a spectacle inserted in the suburban landscape.
House G is located in a village two hours away from Shanghai. The village has a set of rigid regulations governing the design of the house in terms of areas, height, etc. Local customs such as cultural traditions and building methodologies form another layer of constraints. The two sets of «rules» define the current domestic vernacular landscape in the rural areas of Southern China. As a response to these constraints, the house adopted a form that elegantly and humbly exists in the surrounding as opposed to be an icon imposed onto the landscape.

Shanghai, China

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Applicant and authors of the project
Interval Architects is a Shanghai-based architecture design practice co-founded by Oscar KO and GU Yunduan. The practice critically examines issues relating to urbanism, architecture and the environment. We believe that architecture should possess qualities that reflect specificities of its context and become a spatial production that belongs to a certain place and time. The practice has completed several representative projects including Tower of Bricks, Raffles Kindergarten and ½ stadium.