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Multifunctional Complex

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DnA_Design and Architecture

Asia | Xing

In recent years popular sentiment has increasingly turned against the pressures of urban life with its attendant environmental issues. Many look to return to the fresh air and tranquility of the countryside, far from the city. Today, urban expansion into outlying areas along with better transportation systems have now made “country living” a popular lifestyle in China. This has led to new demands on architects for suitable housing in these burgeoning areas. Some have even moved their practices to the countryside to meet the new requirements, creating a new approach to architecture. Architect Xu Tiantian, principal at DnA, is one of this new clutch of practitioners. Located in the tea fields of Damushan in Songyang, Zhejiang Province, the Tea House makes full use of its site. An extremely simple unassertive volume, an unobtrusive feature amid the tea fields, it blends with...

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