The Arrow Factory Hutong Media & Culture Creative Space is symbolically right next to the wall of the Imperial Academy heritage. The site is one the so called“arrow factory”- old warehouses with immense space inside, and the ground floor has already been devided and enclosed as a“Siheyuan” type courtyard, due to the previous hutong re-development. This project is a regeneration-by-intervention, starting from the existing spatial framework, yet aiming at transforming it from a vast empty warehouse to a space that filled with unleashed vitality, for crowds of people from creative cultural industry to gather around and communicate. It will not only offer diverse programs such as: meeting, screening, library, bar, entertainment, co-working…but also become a“collaborative commune”of those who are interested in the innovation of media and culture.
▼建筑入口，斑驳的国子监西墙，entrance，the old wall of Imperial Academy
Following the old wall of Imperial Academy mottled by hundreds of years of history, the first space you enter is a proper-scaled“siheyuan”, reception and meeting rooms unfold around it. If you take the stairway to the deck above, you can actually see the “Biyong”- the golden-roofed palace hall where the emperor used to give lectures to his students in the Imperial Academy – right in front of you eyes.
▼通过楼梯上到二层露台，可以看到国子监兴建于乾隆年间的“辟雍”，take the stairway to the deck above, you can actually see the “Biyong”
In order to fully exploit the height of the space, we added a mezzanine floor for extended program, and leave several voids connecting the double height space. Further more, we have inserted various wood attics (or boxes) into the space, in order to stimulate dynamic communication between the users.
▼夹层，植入了多个具有不同内容的木头阁楼， various wood attics (or boxes) are inserted into the space
If we simply follow the existing open but bland spatial framework, any “creative event” that happens within the huge space would have the danger of falling into a homogeneous setting and lost its focus, that’s why numerous “wood attics” are introduced as enabling devices. Activities could now follow different trajectories, unfolding around or within those attics. Once you are inside those small enclosed spaces, you would find many interesting window openings, like view-finders, targeted at specific views, which would re-link different threads of spatial narrative, and therefore, enable the user to experience the un-expected scenarios and exchange their thoughts.
▼木头盒子细部，wood attics details
▼空间的事件通过不同的流线，围绕或进入这些盒子展开，Activities follow different trajectories, unfolding around or within those attics
每个盒子都有一个特定的功能：展览 、会议、图书馆、娱乐、水吧…并以一个独特的形式生动的呈现。但不仅仅只是为了展示它们 – 针对整个空间的介入策略，将每个盒子都当作一个激活装置，让这些精巧的物体成为联系某种叙事性体验的开关。改造的过程中，你可以去发现一些有意思的介入模式，但最终这些模式一定要跟人的使用结合起来。
Each Attic has a specific program: display, meeting, library, entertainment, bar…presenting itself in an unique and vivid form. Not only to just express them, each of these exquisite objects also evolves as an enabling device, or a switch that can turn on a tangible narrative experience. In the process of renovation, you may discover some interesting typology of intervention, yet at the end of the day, it all has to be combined with the usage of people.
▼不同的阁楼取景窗，different window openings of attics
▼阁楼取景窗与屋顶结构， window openings of attics&roof constructions
LOCATION: Arrow Factory Hutong，Beijing
DATE: August, 2014-December, 2014
CLIENT: Private Client
STATUS: Construction Completed
DESIGN TEAM: Shuo Wang, Jing Zhang, Yaping Wu
LIGHTING CONSULTANT: Xiaowei Han
PHOTOGRAPH: Chun Fang