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1 / 24 North volume’s materials 北侧体量材质

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Year | 年份: 2018
Location | 地点: Beijing, China | 中国北京
Status | 状态: partially completed | 部分完工

Type | 类型: addition, renovation, landscape | 改造&景观
Program | 功能: mix use | 综合
Size | 规模: renovation 200 sqm, addition 400, garden 500 sqm  | 改造200平方米,加建400平方米,景观500平方米
Client | 业主: private | 私人

Team | 团队: Federico Ruberto, Chen Chen (陈忱), Nicola Saladino, Chen Muzhi (陈牧之), Tan Lu (谭露),  Wang Xuan (王璇), Zhai Yufeng (翟羽峰), Zhao Wei (赵玮), Xue Yang (薛扬), Zhang Wei (章炜)

[Due to complications with the municipality the project had to be stopped, hence the interiors and the garden are only partially completed. We decided anyway to publish it in its current state]
2 / 24 Night view of the South volume’s South face 南侧体量南立面夜景

The project is an extension designed to host private residential spaces as well as spaces for a local artists community. The intervention connects and mediates the presence of two existing volumes; it grows around the two separated units generating different light conditions, fusing in a non-linear sequence the existing programs and the “new”, which comprises of creative disciplines such as sculpting, painting, pottery. The volumes weave around in their bare materiality enveloping more private and secluded spaces, interiors that are of three types: meditation, rest and discussion.

3 / 24 View from the South volume seen from the elevated terrace of the North volume 从北侧露台望向南侧体量

The volumes overground are defined by layers that, keeping a calculated balance between dissolution and solidification, work mainly on one function: mediating and organizing through few formal gestures the “incalculable”: light. The composition, texture and density of the facades result from the interpolation of three parameters: degree of reflection/refraction of direct light (artistic requirements), maximization of view from interior to exterior (living requirements), and minimization of visual permeability from exterior to interior (privacy). Materials are kept to the bare minimum; anodized aluminum envelops all the new overground terraces and glass volumes, whilst rough concrete defines the underground spaces. The program has no identifiable divisions, no internal boundaries define the newly inserted activities, which are diluted by light and transformed into programmatic gradients.

4 / 24 Top view and elevation 立面及总平面图

For this reason each space (spatial sequence) is surrounded by a continuous system, a porous envelope made by glass and several layers of a differently oriented mesh —superimposed sheets that have apertures and densities varying according to specific requirements. This operation generates different degrees of visual permeability, reflection and ultimately privacy. The new addition appears solid in volume/color/texture if looked from the outside, but it visually vanishes when "lived" from the inside, an effect generated by the juxtaposition of differently oriented layers of stretched aluminum mesh that “opening up” or “closing down” force the eyes to see trough or not, to catch peculiar reflections according to where they are placed.

5 / 24 Sections and diagrams of the intervention 剖面及分析图

The landscape around the building [unfinished at this stage] is supposed to work formally in continuity with the architectural mass, establishing ground links between the two poles of the plot. The material simplicity of the hardscape -wooden deck and aluminum mesh, works in conjunction with a less formally determined softscape which has set plants and groups of essences placed emphasizing the presence of water, the amount of solar irradiation, and the desired degree of privacy from the surroundings.

6 / 24 From the North painting room towards the South block 从北侧画廊望向南侧体量

At the moment there is no effective presence of vegetation on the elevated terraces and on the facades, this is because time has not yet run its course. By the end of summer we expect to be able to catch layers of vegetation expanding all around the building, growing from the elevated terraces that have embedded soil containers along their perimeters, and from the base of each metallic surface. It is only a matter of time, and of weather, for the rough geometric definition of the envelope to loose itself up whilst being parasitized by the green. Bringing such unpredictable element to fuse with the linear austerity of the intervention (to be an added layer composing the facade) will not only build more interesting aesthetic effects but will help maintaining the interior cooler in the hot days of summer.

7 / 24 South volume’s yoga terrace and projection room 南侧体量中的瑜伽平台和观影室
8 / 24 South volume’s terrace and connection to the top level 南侧体量的露台和到顶层的连接
9 / 24 South volume’s yoga terrace 南侧体量的瑜伽平台
10 / 24 In between the North volumes 北侧体量中的夹缝
11 / 24 South envelope and existing building 南侧新建立面和现有建筑
12 / 24 Exterior ramps of the South terraces 南侧露台的室外坡道
13 / 24 South volume’s exterior envelope 南侧体量的室外立面
14 / 24 North volumes taken from the central garden 从中央庭院望向北侧体量
15 / 24 South volume’s terrace 南侧体量露台
16 / 24 South volume’s materials 南侧体量材质
17 / 24 Night view of the North volume’s South face 北侧体量南立面夜景
18 / 24 The two extension viewed from the West side 从西侧望向两个加建体量
19 / 24 North volume’s materials 北侧体量材质
20 / 24 South top terrace 南侧屋顶露台
21 / 24 Projection room 观影室
22 / 24 Underground meditation room 地下冥想空间
23 / 24 South connection towards the top level 南侧到屋顶露台的连接
24 / 24 Presentation model 汇报模型