noah vISTOR cENTER
In order to receive its members, Noah Farm needs space to accommodate programs such as dining, conference, lodge, and recreations etc. This is what the planning of this renovation project is based upon.
The renovation is sited in the middle of the farm land, wedged in between an array of greenhouse sheds. A planted woods area lies to the south of the building, also the direction of main landscape opportunities. The buildings are deployed along east-west in a linear fashion, a total of 120m in length. Three connected building volumes are on the east side; two rows of shed buildings are to the north; a row of farm houses are to the west; and one long farm house that run north-south lies on the west edge.
The joined volumes on the east are used for public programs, such as a reception room, a multi-functional hall, two Chinese dining rooms, and one western dining room. A vehicular drop-off road connected with a parking lot is offset to the south side of the building. The reception room is in the middle of the building. It opens to a porte-cochere that covers the drop-off area. A linear service core faces the multi-functional hall with an open bar, and reception room with a check-in counter. The multi-functional space has an open plan since it has to meet up with the requirements of dining, meeting, and performance, etc. The south and north facade adopts an opening strategy that is consistent with structural partitions, bringing the views from the south garden and north courtyard into the interior space as well as natural light and ventilation. The children’s room has a glass window and door that opens to the landscape on the east side.A small courtyard is created when the facade is straightened by bridging the two volumes at either side of the central mass. This serves as a landscape feature when the two Chinese dining rooms open their windows down into this space. The window opening at the western dining room is consistent with that of the multi-functional hall, coming back to a level that brings the view upward.The window openings of the public area are so dynamic that they provide different opportunities to view the landscape outside. On the facade, they are grouped as three different moves that brings the inside and outside together.The western zone is reserved as hotel rooms. The facade strategy is to simply the building elevation into a background to support the landscape in front. As a result, a parapet wall is erected to cover the original pitched roof that is not very pleasant to the eyes. The pedestrian passageway is located to the southern edge of the landscape so one’s journey into the hotel room is prolonged to further enjoy greenery the landscape brings. The portico area of the original building is interiorized into a mini living room that one can have a seat to enjoy the garden in front. The interior space is well articulated by exposing the original structural beams as well as concealing the roof wood panels with insulation boards and plasters. The bathroom is enclosed in a low volume that doesn’t compete with the continuity of the roof. All service conduits are hidden above the bathroom core. The linear room that runs north and south is used as a small activity room. Its window faces back onto the entire landscape as a whole, as well as terminates the landscape axis at the west end.
Landscape Oriented Design
Landscape plays a central role in all the building programs, circulation plans, and facade designs in this renovation effort. No matter public or private, the opportunities of looking out onto the landscape are maximized from the inside, unifying the interior and exterior with a flowing landscape.