The Flying Horse House or The Rolling Stones

The Flying Horse House or The Rolling Stones

Architect
Odile DECQ Benoit CORNETTE
Location
Nanjing, China
Project Year
2012
Category
Housing

The Flying Horse House or The Rolling Stones

Odile DECQ Benoit CORNETTE as Architects

Five Stones are rolling down the slope in the wood to a lake : the five bedrooms of the house. Each of them is singular, each of them is particular. They offer for everybody living in the house the choice to live different experience of space,and of the site. The house is not an object but a sery of objects, the stones. They are inserted into the ground, emerged in the trees or hidden in the wood. The composition of the volumes together reflects the image of the flying horse and gives to the house its other name. This house is a place for temporary stay. It has been conceived as a house for the « nomad living ». The common space is a place to meet and to take the meals .


For that reason, the table is long, going from the kitchen to the living room to make the dinning and meeting table as the central element of the space. The space of the bedrooms is not divided by functions, bed, bath and seats but organised as a large space where the configuration itself creates the places for the functions without strong partition.. In a way, the space takes a plasticity. The « Sky Tower» bedroom is only open to the sky. When entering in the room a passerelle crosses the space and a stairis hanging up on a wall. Cupboard’s doors are spread out on the whole surface of the opposite wall. Inside it the functions of the bedroom are hidden : stairs, bedroom, bathroom and toilette. To reach these functions one has to use a remote control for unfolding part of the cupboard wall and some floors and passerelles arrive.


One passerelle to reach the stair inside, one to reach the unfolded bedroom, one to reach the bathtub and a stair inside the wall to go up to the top glass roof and the terrace above. The « S Suite » bedroom , accessible from the common space, disassociates the two rooms of the suite, looking opposite, with a common space for bath in beween. The « Belvedere » bedroom takes its name from the position of the bathroom where the free shape bathtub inserted in the ceiling above the bed is in its own glass volume, looking to the lake. The « Horn » bedroom is oriented to the lake.


The narrowness of the space is emphased by the tension between the turning walls. From the entrance the space is perceived as non finited. Walking inside gives the perception of its length. When opening the sliding glass walls the space of the bathroom absorbes the space of the entire bedroom. Isolated, the « Sunken » is a double level bedroom embeded in the ground. Its advanced position, gives it its autonomy. The oblique surface of the floor onto the bathtub increases the impression of being inside the slop.

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