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By chance the client found Xu Xujun two years ago. After a few hours’ communication at the first meeting, the client requested that Xu Xujun provide a brief proposal first. At that night, Xu Xujun drew a rough draft by hand: elements of Oriental Zen were added to the overlapping connected buildings , and Tibetan style of ancient city Shangri-La was taken as a smooth transition, thus a simple hostel which presents the beauty of nature was gradually shown. The client thought highly of the draft, thus a story about the original design of KARESANSUI was unfolded…KARESANSUI is located at No. 46 Cuo Lang, North Gate Street of Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-La, Yunnan. It is geographically blessed — only three minutes’ walk from Sifang Street. Buildings of KARESANSUI are built on the slopes; it took nearly two years to complete the construction. During the construction period, Mr. Xu stayed on project site with his assistants for nearly one year to follow up on and instruct the construction. This contributes to the perfect implementation of the design!
KARESANSUI are composed of six small buildings and an old Tibetan house, visually, the two buildings where the restaurant and lobby located are floating in the air. Bridged by corridors, the buildings are undulating and interweaved with each other. There are 15 guest rooms in total , in addition, there is a lobby, a restaurant and a tea room. Unique indoor design could be found in each guests room, while giving guests great sense of privacy , it shows the beauty of new oriental Zen. One of the buildings keep the original Tibetan structure, and local Tibetan elements are added to its architectural and interior design. When designing the window, Xu Xujun made full use of the great view, making it possible for guests to enjoy the painting-like scenery of blue sky, white clouds, sunrise and sunset just by looking out of the window.The transformation of new styled buildings and the old Tibetan houses is natural and harmonious. The scale of the hostel is not big, but it is exquisite. The space function layout is ingenious and just perfect. While standing out, the buildings blend into the surrounding environment and hostels perfectly. The local committee call it “one of the most beautiful hostel in Shangri-La”.The name of the hostel comes from poetry Looking for the Reclusive Chan Taoist of South Stream by Liu Changqing, poet of Tang Dynasty.”Enjoy the green pines after the rain, walk by the path of the mountain and find the source of the water, I understand Zen from the reflection of the flowers in the stream , and I stare at them silently.” The poet didn’t find the taoist, instead, he found something else interesting which enabled him to get insight into Zen.The name KARESANSUI is thus born, it aims at helping guests to gain spiritual pleasure and psychological satisfaction. Being enlighten by the quite stream, enjoying fun of tranquility from appreciating swaying wildflower; What’s deep inside the heart is a kind of peace and joy of self-examination. Such kind of peaceful mood integrated harmoniously with the quiet environment. We hope that all guests could have an agreeable experience here.
Hawaiian cabins by Erin Moore are designed for life outdoors
Oregon-based architect Erin Moore has completed a tropical getaway in Hawaii that consists of two pavilions sited on either edge of a 300-year-old solidified lava formation.Situated at a high altitude on the island of Maui, with a cooler climate than the city below, Outside House is used by the client as a retreat for short periods of time.

“The Outside House is a place to live outside,” said Moore, who runs a design-and-research practice called FLOAT. “Two small pavilions shape the basics of daily life and structure an intentional relationship with the land.”The first pavilion – located to the south – contains a bed, a small desk, and a reading nook. As opposed to the other structure, this cabin is fully enclosed.”This pavilion is a tiny detached bedroom oriented to look up the lava flow and catch the first light of sunrise over cinder cones,” said the architect. “After that brief morning sunlight, the room is in cool shade for daytime reading and napping.”Clad in wood and polycarbonate, the simple frame construction has built-in vents that allow for ample air circulation. It is raised from the ground on four concrete blocks, minimising its impact on the site.Further away, a covered platform provides the residents with a small outdoor kitchen, terrace, and shower, all of which are open to views of the Pacific Ocean and the neighbouring island of Kahoolawe.
The structure of the service pavilion is made up galvanised steel, which was carried to the site by hand and assembled on the spot. “In keeping with the client’s stewardship of the land, the pavilions are designed to be minimally connected to the ground and to be demountable,” the architect said.Preserving the land between the two pavilions was critical to the design, as the client has a long relationship with the site. Therefore, the space was left in its natural state.