Looking for new ideas at the space
to create a natural, warm and aesthetic house and home
The house entrusted for renovation in this design is located in Xicheng District, Beijing, which takes ten minutes to walk to the old hutongs and quadrangles gathering areas. The hostess of the house is a native of Beijing. When she received the entrustment, her beloved daughter was just full moon. She and her husband hoped that the house could bear the life of the three people in the next ten years. When communicating needs, the hostess often talks about her childhood memories in the Hutong: in the sunny and green afternoon, she spent a good childhood with the canopy, fish tank and persimmon tree.
Returning to the state of the house, the use area is about 200 square meters, and the structure is relatively square. Although the lighting is from the East, West and North, the light is isolated in each room due to the unreasonable layout. One third of the room is a cramped dark room, and a large amount of space is wasted. It is the design axis of this case to solve the functional problems while taking into account the improvement of style and the inheritance of context. Our design studio is also in the Hutong. It has experienced three winters, summers and spring and autumn, so it resonates with the life state described by the hostess.
The open double entrances and exits are convenient for moving lines, and the light on the west side is also introduced into the corridor. Combined with the gray fog glass material and inclined wall treatment of the corridor facade, the original “dark space”- the corridor becomes transparent. Even at noon, when the East and West have the least sunshine, they can accept the baptism of natural light.
“Square” refers to the overall layout and spatial structure of this project, while “Pavilion” is the design element that allows natural light to flow dynamically. The design concept embodies the original concept of a pavilion with a roof but no walls. Finally, the imagery of a traditional courtyard house and modern design concepts seem to collide, giving rise to the idea of a “Square Pavilion” in the city.
The original layout of the house is four rooms, two living rooms, two bathrooms and one kitchen, plus a cloakroom and two storage rooms. It seems that the space is complete, but the layout is unreasonable in many places. The spatial relationship lacks linkage logic, and the moving line is narrow and tortuous. Although the original porch is independent, it blocks the light from a window on the west side. The new scheme breaks the traditional design, gives play to the advantages of the site, and uses the window to supplement the storage of the porch and the function of the table.
The “wall of thinking” has been removed. There is a rhythm flowing in the space. The light and shadow are changeable, the left and right are accessible, the intensity is appropriate, and the taste is myriad. The open layout, flowing pattern details and flowing geometric lines, within the integrated outline, eliminate the boundary feeling of the guest restaurant, and set a happy and diversified social scene.
Coming to the main arena of space, the unified and changeable visual impact is poured into all the five senses and six senses, like a tunnel of time travel, which gradually reminds us of our expectations for home, culture and nature.
The hostess and hostess plan to formally move in when the children are about 3 years old. They don’t want to turn this place into a “baby’s world”. They love their children, but they also advocate embracing their own lives and refusing to be “swallowed up” by the arrival of children. Therefore, on the basis of solving the functional problems, it is the focus of the plane configuration of this case to make the space independent and reasonably linked to carry the quality life of a family of three.
The integrated form of meal Island meets the needs of the host for daily meals and banquets. It also integrates functions such as storage, hand washing basin, induction cooker and disinfection cabinet.
In the frame view, the slender outline and lightness of the dining chair are lingering with the image beauty of pure bamboo thinking, or the large or small hollowed out scenery, and all the feelings generated by the interaction between objects and people are collected. The ink dyed hanging painting combines the aftertaste of the abstract school and the debugging technique according to the proportion to appropriately transform the elegant tea painting.
The door of the porch into the kitchen is made into a hidden sliding door, which can not only block the cooking fume, but also extend the line of sight of the household, weaken the existence of the kitchen, enlarge the moving line function, introduce all the light from the window into the room, and strengthen the lighting.
Demolish the original kitchen, secondary bedroom and storage room, and merge the space to create a Chinese and western kitchen. The inner kitchen is equipped with two entrances and exits, and one side is connected with the porch, so that the residents can quickly enter the kitchen for cleaning or storage after returning home.
Then you can return to the guest room from the entrance and exit of another corridor, or use the toilet, or go back to the bedroom to change clothes; When you are in the bedroom or living room, you can also quickly enter the inner kitchen from the entrance. I. M. Pei once said, “let the light do the design.” Closely follow the core of the Square Pavilion, make maximum use of the flowing natural light, and improve the living comfort.
Custom wooden doors are used between the guest restaurant and the corridor. Each door has more than 200 light transmitting square small squares, which not only echoes the “square” pattern of the overall space, but also combines virtual and real functions, making the guest restaurant as a public area and the residential area as a private area both connected and separated, which is very reasonable in terms of moving line and spatial organization.
The dense and elegant squares inherit the horizontal and vertical charm of calligraphy, and express the balance and harmony through the rhythm of arrangement. The heavy color at the end of the corridor, set off by the transitional tone, shows the affinity of natural light, sometimes attracting the direction of space, and sometimes causing people to ponder for a moment.
The tension of color collision highlights the cultural implication contained in the stone components at the bottom of the wooden door. The structure and implication of the door pillow stone of the courtyard are applied to the home, which not only has the design sense of a modern mansion, but also hides the dark lines of traditional Chinese architecture in Beijing in the details, telling the beautiful metaphor of the intersection of Humanities and art.
Although the change of four seasons is short in Beijing, it is generally clear. Therefore, comfort is the starting point of bedroom design. The number of original bedrooms is four, which is a little superfluous for the three members of the family and the elders who come to live. The master bedroom is placed in the deepest place, connecting the cloakroom and the toilet. The light and moving line experience is poor.
The customized design of the storage is centered on the aesthetic interest and life experience. The bedroom and corridor are equipped with sufficient storage space, and the storage space is large and private enough. The main purpose of the storage space on the side wall of the corridor is to display objects and improve the aesthetic feeling and style.
The designer cancelled the cloakroom in the master bedroom suite, and cut a window across the non load-bearing wall of the master bathroom and equipment room to introduce East lighting. The transformed master bedroom has excellent lighting on three sides, and the double bed is back to the door and the wardrobe, which conforms to the artistic conception of “facing the sea and blooming in spring” in the poem. The natural scenery outside the window can be seen at a glance.
Taking advantage of the large area of the master bedroom, the wardrobe is customized along the wall to meet the storage and display of the residents’ clothes, shoes and bags. The independent placement position creates a leisurely, relaxed and quiet elegant atmosphere by using the volume of the bed, and always hides multiple dreams at night.
On the plane structure, it restores the basic functions, refines the local texture, and highlights the natural beauty. Through the strong spatial organization ability, sleeping naturally becomes a very simple and easy thing. Light and shadow flow, depicting the form of daily life, and deriving the poetry of life.
As the British architect Norman Foster said:”it takes a lot of effort to make buildings look effortless.” We are committed to creating a rich and delicate journey of five senses in the space through multi-level texture interweaving, diversified ingenious details and multi-dimensional profound meaning.
The sculpture platform on the north side of the restaurant is elegant and unique, relying on the arc structure to strengthen the sense of space, leaving a rich and varied visual impression. However, the “hidden secret” is actually a variety of pipes including flue, which echo the design idea that “the function must be guaranteed and the vision needs to be modified”.
According to the needs of users, the scale relationship of each part is sorted out, the original study and corridor space are integrated, and a children’s room with play area, reading area and double beds is designed. Custom grilled wooden door to introduce light and ensure the permeability of the space.
The gray system is quite abundant in the traditional quadrangles: soot, brown ash and blue ash; It appears in the eaves, courtyard walls, and screen walls…… The depth is gradually changing, the gray waves are undulating, and the layers are stacked. The harmonious and elegant visual effect shows the details light by light, forming an impression in time and space.
“Pursue the Harmonious Implication of art and function, and leave space for life.” From visual enjoyment to practical function, grasp the charm of space, and give space temperature to Italian Super White cave stone, hand dyed wood skin, litchi grain leather, fogged stainless steel, rock plate and other materials. Harmonious, harmonious and unified colors run through the whole space. They are a highlight of the design, controlling the relationship between traditional colors and expressing the fashion of modern mansions.
First, the part is subject to the whole, and then the part is further refined, so as to truly unlock the aesthetic self-restraint, comfortable body feeling and happy narrative of the space. The straight line is the main force of decorative art, guiding the texture, color temperature and luster, deducing the characteristics and elegance of different textures, and brewing the lasting charm.
书写艺术 拥抱生活 光遇未来 随心沉浸
One Square · One Pavilion · One city · One Event
Writing art, embraces life, meets the future and immerses self
「The “flat” design is one of my favorite creative spaces, because I like Chinese residences. The design planning is a combination of courtyards. In the modern flat floor space, I can find a unique Chinese lifestyle without imitating foreign residences. When I get such a space Commission with the nature of studying local lifestyles, I will be very excited. I hope that I can sort out the spatial relationship with the background, preferences and needs of the owners. I hope that I can Our design is used by “unique” families, and the high-quality lifestyle behind “unique” can become the needs of millions of people. “」
——Designer’s self description
项目摄影｜WM STUDIO、立明（LI MING）
Project name｜ Square Pavilion
Project Address | Beijing, China
Completion time｜2022, January
Design Team:TEN DESIGN
Main designer｜Zhang Wei
Participator in the design｜Sun Haiyu
Copywriting planner｜ Xiaomu 、Xiu He Culture
Project photographers｜WM STUDIO 、LI MING
Project video｜WM STUDIO
TEN DESIGN 行十设计由设计师张威于2019年末创办于深圳，2021年成立北京公司，并带领团队获得全球多项设计奖项。立志创作兼备实用性、手工感、人性关怀、经得起考验的品质空间。实践着将中国人的传统观念与生活方式，在现代空间中进行内向转译的设计方向。作品涉及室内、景观、产品、艺术陈设等领域。
TEN DESIGN, founded by designer Zhang Wei at the end of 2019 in Shenzhen, established its Beijing office in 2021 and has led the team to win multiple global design awards. They are committed to creating spaces that combine practicality, craftsmanship, human care, and with stand the test of time. They practice the design direction of inward translation of traditional Chinese concepts and lifestyles in modern spaces. Their works span various fields including interior, landscape, product, and art installation.