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A mushroom-formed wood house in the forest by ZJJZ atelier

Project name:
The Mushroom - a wood house in the forest
Architecture firm:
Xin Yu City, Jiangxi Province, China
Fangfang Tian, ZJJZ
Tools used:
Principal architect:
Sean Shen, Xuanru Chen, Yuying Kate Tsai
Design team:
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Built area:
50 m²
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Interior design:
Structural engineer:
XIE Technologies
Zhejiang Huzhou deyi Construction Co., Ltd.

The Shanghai-based architecture practice ZJJZ atelier has completed a mushroom-formed wood house in a pine forest of Xin Yu City, Jiangxi Province, China.

Architect's statement: The Mushroom is located in a pine forest. Thus, handling the relationship between nature and the architecture became the essential approach of our design.

The architectural form of the Mushroom is composed of two simple volumes according to the functions:

The main part of the mushroom is the guest room space, with a panoramic window set up near the viewing height. When sitting on chairs or leaning on the bed, the guests are immersed in the surrounding nature. The loft serves as a child area, linked by the small-scale stairs. The pure white cone-shaped roof is rounded on top, creating a sense of unbounded extension to the space.

A mushroom-formed wood house in the forest by ZJJZ atelierimage © ZJJZ

The bathroom and storage space are arranged in a simple rectangular volume, which is inserted into the main body of the Mushroom. A horizontal window is designed next to the bathtub, avoiding the view from pedestrian path to ensure privacy, while bringing nature into the space. Meanwhile, the circular skylight at the top introduces different expressions of light and shadows with the change of time and weather. This poetic space also serves as the entrance lobby of the house, where the guests often visit and linger.

The Mushroom house adopts a lifted steel structure to minimize the impact of construction on the site. As time goes by, green plants on the ground will gradually spread to embrace the building. The cone-shape roof is cladded with pine woods, while the rest of the house is coated with granolithic concrete. The material changes in color with humidity and time, allowing the building to harmonize with the surrounding natural environment.

mushroom shaped cabin house in forest image © Fangfang Tian

wooden log cabin in Chinese pine forest image © ZJJZ

wooden cabin house surrounded pine trees image © Fangfang Tian

forest house nestled in nature image © ZJJZ

forest cabin house design image © ZJJZ

modern houses surrounded with big pine treesimage © Fangfang Tian

master bedroom with nature panoramic view image © ZJJZ

bedroom with nature view through narrow panoramic window image © ZJJZ

bedroom view from above image © ZJJZ

wooden staircase behind bedroom image © Fangfang Tian

wooden staircase design image © ZJJZ

bathtub with nature view image © ZJJZ

white ceiling image © ZJJZ

Architecture section drawing

room floor plan

loft floor plan

roof plan

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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