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1/14 ground floor 一层

rmx - Cha'er 3 | 临界工作室 - 茶儿胡同3号

Year | 年份: 2015
Location | 地点: Beijing, China | 中国,北京
Status | 状态: completed | 建成

Type | 类型: interior renovation | 室内改造
Program | 功能: office | 工作室
Size | 规模: 240 sqm | 240 平米
Client | 业主: reMIXstudio | 临界工作室
Contractor | 施工: beijing dongfutianxia construction company | 北京东赋天下装饰有限公司

Team | 团队: Chen Chen (陈忱), Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, An Tairan (安太然), Klest Pango 02.jpg
2/14 general floor plans and section 平面及剖面总图

After working in Dashilar on two pilot projects, the local state-owned developer offered us the possibility of renovating a vacant property, transforming it into our design office.

The plot had been originally occupied by a courtyard house with two rectangular volumes parallel to the street (N-S orientation), with traditional wooden pitched roofs.
In the 60s / 70s, following the period of rapid industrialisation of China that affected also some of the urban fabric inside the hutongs, the courtyard was covered with a high roof, creating a sort of central aisle that would be able to host a workshop or some light industry.


在六七十年代快速工业化的潮流中,一些小型工厂在胡同区域中建立起来,多将院落加顶以最大化室内空间,适应轻工业的空间需求,这里也不例外。原有院落上方由8m高木质屋架覆盖,整个地块形成中间高、两边低三个坡屋面组成的空间序列。 03.jpg
3/14 mezzanine details and structural section 夹层细部及结构剖面

When we started the renovation, the North block still presented its original facade with windows and glazed doors leading into small rooms, while on the South side a series of blind walls negated any relationship between the different spaces. The lower volumes were too fragmented to allow any flexible use and the building was short of ventilation and natural light.

We started demolishing all the false ceilings and most of the non-structural walls and carried out an extensive structural survey. In the process we removed the plaster on the lateral brick walls, discovering very interesting textures that were worth exhibiting.


我们的改造从拆除所有的吊顶及非承重墙开始,并紧接着对清理后的结构进行了新一轮的测绘和勘察。东西侧墙外包裹的石膏层被剥离开来,裸露出斑驳的青砖墙。 05.jpg
4/14 staircase and library 楼梯及图书馆

We sanitised all the wooden columns and beams, adding hidden steel reinforcements where necessary, levelled the ground introducing floor-heating, improved the thermal insulation of the roofs using high-density foam panels (between the rafters in the lower volumes and above the wooden panels in the central space) and added a new waterproof layer. The high-walls of the central space, deteriorated by years of rainwater leaks, were completely rebuilt with a new stripe of double-glazed windows.

Once we obtained a clean and sound envelope we proceeded with the interior construction, which mainly consisted of a new self-standing metal mezzanine, glazed partitions on the South side and some built-in steel furniture.


室内空间的干预则主要包括增加一个具有独立结构的钢结构夹层,南房北面的玻璃隔断和一系列的嵌入式家具。 06.jpg
5/14 under the mezzanine facing the small and the large meeting rooms 夹层下面向大小会议室

The North volume, which doesn’t have any direct source of ventilation and natural light, hosts all the services (toilet, kitchen, storage, model workshop) while the South volume includes a small and a large meeting room. In the central space, the mezzanine allows us to place most of our design activity upstairs while keeping the ground floor as a flexible co-working / exhibition space.
The new spatial layout allows a much richer interaction between the different functional areas, creating new visual connections between different levels and across the volumes.

改造后的空间布置不仅使得各功能区域间获得更丰富的视觉交互,也允许了一定的灵活性,为多种场景下的功能布局提供可能。 07.jpg
6/14 view of the hutong by night 胡同夜景

In order to operate successfully with a limited budget on a poorly conserved historical building we decided to embrace the irregularities and the mistakes of the original structure, playing with a dialogue between the roughness of the steel and concrete and the smoothness of the white walls and furniture, the warmth of the wooden structure and exposed bricks and the bare simplicity of the frameless glass.

在旧建筑原有结构状况较差而整个工程造价极为有限的情况下,我们有意识的包容和保留各种历史遗留的结构和空间不规则性和“不完美”。从材料上,我们亦试图创造混凝土与钢的“粗糙”质感与白色墙面及家具的“光滑”之间,木结构及青砖墙的“温暖”和玻璃隔断的“纯净”之间的有趣的对比与对话。 08.jpg
7/14 opening day 开放日 09.jpg
8/14 detail of the glazed partitions and the West wall 玻璃墙隔及西墙细部 10.jpg
9/14 detail of the metal grid on the mezzanine 金属格栅细部 11.jpg
10/14 shadow of the staircase on the concrete floor 投在混凝土地面的楼梯光影 12.jpg
11/14 light effect on the exposed brick wall 砖墙上的光影 12_v2.jpg
12/14 central double-height space after renovation 改造后的中央双层通高空间 13.jpg
13/14 central double-height space before renovation 改造前的中央双层空间 14.jpg
14/14 construction process 施工进程