▼改造后的公寓大厅，the apartment hall after transformation
This youth apartment project is located in Chengdu Tianfu International Community; there were two multi-story buildings and an additional banquet hall in the middle. The design assignment is to convert the residential building and the banquet hall to a youth apartment and its supporting facilities. We are trying to redefine the concept of “Youth Circle of Life” through the project: a single function of the former dormitory-style apartment has been transformed to a fully equipped high quality living community, services and cultural interactions become more and more important. Therefore, we strategically look at the ground level of these three buildings as a whole, dividing it into 5 parts such as apartment hall, creative bookstore, community business, food collection and co-working space, and aim to create a full spectrum of young people’s life style according to the integration of these different programs. The Creative Bookstore is based on the original banquet hall, the addition of cloister become the carrier of bookstore. By abstraction of the arch elements from the original structure, we introduced continuous translucent arched wall to form an open cultural display area. The food collection, which is opposite to the main road, was implanted 10 different sizes of operation units, providing flexible and free dining activities through the flow of the space.
▼青年生活圈，Youth Circle of Life
The apartment hall
The project is currently realized on the apartment hall and the upper apartment. By following the original residence plan sequence, we introduce a typological design method into the apartment hall: 6 different types of boxes were implanted into the space, the outer surface of the box is yellow, while the functional space corresponding to its use is black. A bar room that runs though the interior to the outside divides the hall space into two part with a continuous sight view and the possibility to traverse. The apartment hall offers a space for community activities such as leisure, party and roadshow. This experience-style design brought a combination of the cultural and social community functions to the apartment hall.
▼首层公寓大厅路演区， the roadshow place in the apartment hall
▼盒子外表面为黄色，而对应其使用功能的区域为黑色， the outer surface of the box is yellow, while the functional space corresponding to its use is black
▼大厅长桌区域，the long table space
▼公寓大厅休闲区， lounge in the apartment hall
▼一条贯穿室内外的吧台将大厅的空间分隔成为可以互看和穿越的两个部分，a bar room that runs though the interior to the outside divides the hall space into two part with a continuous sight view and the possibility to traverse
The apartment types
As an upgraded version of the youth apartment, we create two different living units based on the original residence structure layout: one is a large panorama studio mode with a long balcony, the linearly arrangement of bedroom, dining table and kitchen stand parallel to the balcony, in order to maximize the sunlight and landscape. The other unit is a free flow living space with a loop circulation, kitchen, storage and bathroom facilities are packed into a single black cube in the center of the floor plan, the free loop connects different living space within the apartment, such as entrance, bedroom and dining room, thus enriching the possibility of living experience.
the axon view of layout A with a free flow living space with a loop circulation
axon view of layout B with a large panorama studio mode with a long balcony
Chengdu Tianfu Community project aims to have the exploration of new residential mode and lifestyle according to the design and thinking of young generation’s life, work and social communication. We hope to illustrate the concept of “Youth Circle of Life” by the practice of this design project, and to propose the possible solution on the proposition of residential issues in this round of urban regeneration.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼建筑剖面，section of the building
▼大厅平面图，plan of the apartment hall
▼大厅立面，elevation of the apartment hall
▼A、B户型平面图，plan of A and B
▼公寓单元剖面，section of the apartment
摄影：唐康硕 Project Info:
Project: YOU+ Chengdu Tianfu Community Youth Apartment
Location：Tianfu 1st Road, Shuangliu District, Chengdu, Sichuan
Architecture Design: MAT Office
Architecture Design Team: Kangshuo Tang, Miao Zhang, Jian Zhu, Yudi Gao, Youpeng Liu, Xinan Shi
Built Area: 5500m2
Material: steel panel, light steel keel wall, MFC
Photographer: Kangshuo Tang
Copyright for images, drawings and text: MAT Office