Springingstream Guesthouse

View all 27 Photos

An abandoned rural house transformed into a guesthouse that honors local architecture and nature.

Set within a spectacular landscape in a small Chinese village in the Fujian province, Springingstream guesthouse welcomes tourists into a natural wonderland. A place where mountain ranges and bamboo forests surround charming house, lush vegetation, and expansive tea fields. Commissioned to renovate a derelict building in order to revitalize the village – and provide inspiration for future projects – WEI Architects completely transformed an abandoned stone and timber house. Key concepts of the project included celebrating local architecture, promoting traditional building techniques, and paying homage to nature. The team of architects achieved all of these things, and more.

Reclaimed elements include old windows and timber as well as stone bases. Local builders and artisans applied traditional techniques in the restoration process, with the structure’s footprint, height, and several original features also carefully preserved. The two-story guesthouse now features a wavy tile roof which mirrors the profile of the mountain peaks. Both outside and inside the building, reclaimed and aged materials reference the house’s past and anchor it in its context.

On the ground floor, the rooms surround a central hearth. This level contains a kitchen with the original stove and a lounge room. The latter provides direct access to a deck area, while a contemporary concrete floor with copper seams leads guests to a tea room. Two bedrooms, bathroom, and a study make up the first floor. Of course, the bedrooms provide gorgeous views of the landscape via folding doors and large windows. Other features include exposed brick walls as well as complementing rustic furniture. Outside, a paved terrace allows the guests to relax while listening to the sound of the nearby mountain stream. The ultimate rustic retreat, this stone and timber house will also generate much-needed income for the local community. Photographs© WEI Architects.

Take me there

  • The Krane

    An immersive retreat in one of Copenhagen’s harbors. More than just a contemporary space, The…

  • Guntu Hotel

    A tranquil destination in the Seto Inland Sea. This floating hotel Japan added to its…

  • Villa Slow

    A special hotel designed to be a home away from home. Nestled into a bucolic…

  • Alila Yangshuo Hotel

    An old sugar mill becomes a modern hotel. Built in the 1960s in the striking…

More for you

  • House In Santarém

    Contemporary design that looks at home in a rural landscape. Designed by Vasco Cabral +…

  • Musico Iturbi Apartment

    An abandoned apartment becomes a home filled with character. Located in the heart of Valencia,…

  • Bedded Köfererhof

    A concrete monolith integrated into a bucolic landscape. Located in Neustift, in South Tyrol, Italy,…

  • Mökki Santara House

    A modern take on the Finnish summer cottage. Nestled among the trees in a forest…

  • Cabin On A Rock

    An angular cabin surrounded by nature. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains area, this angular…

  • A Raw Concrete House

    Contemporary design that echoes rural architecture. Built among the ‘lanes’, the streets running perpendicular to…

  • House in Tschengla

    A second home, built in a breathtaking landscape. The Tschengla plateau in Western Austria beckons…

  • The Prefab Casa Montaña

    A design that allows the assembly of a new home in a few hours. Signaling…

  • Milos House

    A 19th century stone house restored into a summer retreat. Built in 1813, this stone…

  • A Minimalist Barn Extension

    A contemporary accent in a traditional context. Located in Gurmels, in the canton of Fribourg…

Close Cart