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1 / 9 terrace view 露臺景觀

re-fracted | 凹透院

Year | 年份: 2019
Status | 狀態: completed | 建成
Location | 地點 : Beijing, China | 中國,北京

Type | 類型: renovation | 改造
Program | 功能: mixed office & residential | 辦公&住宅
Size | 規模: architecture 105 sqm, landscape 85 sqm | 建筑 105 平米,景觀 85 平米
Client | 業主: beijing shunyixing estate agents ltd. | 北京順益興聯行房地產經紀有限公司

Team | 團隊: Chen Chen(陳忱), Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yangyang(劉楊洋), Chen Muzhi(陳牧之), Chen Si(陳思), Chen Yuxuan(陳宇軒)

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2 / 9 site condition 場地原貌

The project site is nested in a well preserved hutong area in Beijing Xicheng District. Both the main office and a small residential part had to be integrated within a limited footprint of 200 sqm with minimum interventions on the original layout and the client requested a flexible spatial organization that could accommodate different uses in the future.


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3 / 9 design development 設計生成

Black steel boxes were inserted to connect the existing volumes, transforming the site from a traditional living space into a multifunctional modern office. The new volumes break down the existing barren exterior space into four gardens of intimate scales and diverse atmospheres.


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4 / 9 plan 平面圖

A route is delineated along the 19m long North-South axis with an orchestrated sequence of different spatial experiences and changing views to transit from the public office to the private living part of the building.


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5 / 9 section 剖面圖

The use of transparent and ridged glass as spatial partitions helps enhance the sensorial depth of the space.


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6 / 9 interior render 室內效果

Depending on the viewers’ perspective, the angle of the sun and the weather conditions, the glass oscillates between the effects of reflection and refraction.


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7 / 9 glass details 玻璃節點

Standing in the East room, the large transparent glass provides the perfect view point for the multi-layered panorama of the courtyard to unfold: the Zen garden in the foreground, the framed view with bamboo leaves and a few steps leading upwards in the middle ground, and the large trees and traditional pitched roofs outside the courtyard in the background.


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8 / 9 courtyard perspective 庭院效果

While looking from the exterior, the glass shows a mirrored reflection of the site that creates the illusion of an expanded courtyard, with modern interior layers and glimpses of reflected surrounding vernacular context.


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9 / 9 courtyard perspective 庭院效果

In the same time the semi-transparent ridged glass transforms the ordinary objects and everyday activities behind it into abstract images and patterns. These elusive images altered by different illuminations create moments of surprises.