Concrete Vessel – Pavilion no.1 in China House Vision by FCJZ & Haier

A light concrete house

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砼器,是非常建筑事务所为China House Vision 展览而设计的实验住宅。该展览由日本著名设计师原研哉策划,目前正于北京展出。我们的合作伙伴是中国知名家电品牌海尔。

Concrete Vessel is an experimental house FCJZ designed for the China House Vision exhibition curated by the renowned Japanese designer Kenya Hara, which is currently on view in Beijing. Our corporate partner is Haier, a popular Chinese home appliance brand.

▼展馆外观,external view of the pavilion

House Vision的主题是关于未来生活,我们由此开始想象一个真正拥抱自然的房子,拥有清新空气,自然采光,绿植和蓝天,这些在当今都是稀缺品。与此同时还要具备家庭生活所需的隐私。基于北京四合院的理念,我们以中庭的形式,将一方自然引入到向心住宅的中心。然而,在我们的这种四合院中,室内外空间的界限可以被完全打开。由此,庭院实际上是在房子的内部,并成为建筑中不可缺少的一部分。庭院周围环绕着一个连续的生活空间,在需要时,可以通过滑动隔断将其分成二至四个房间。同时,所有必要的电器产品都以两个岛台的形式集成到建筑体系中,并将电气设备设在地下。

As the theme of House Vision is about future living, we begin to imagine a house that would truly embrace a nature that is defined by fresh air, natural light, living plants, and blue sky, which are all scarce commodities in present day, yet maintains the privacy required by domestic life. Built upon the notion of a traditional courtyard house of Beijing,  we also bring a piece of nature to the center of an introvert dwelling in form of an atrium; however, in our version of a courtyard house, the boundaries between the interior and exterior spaces can be completely opened up thus the courtyard is literally inside the house and becomes an integral part of the architecture. A continuous living space wraps around the courtyard and can be divided into two to four rooms by sliding partitions if such needs rise.  Meanwhile, all necessary electronics are totally integrated into the building system in form of two counters and equipment underground.

▼轴侧图,建筑中心设置中庭,axonometric, courtyard in the center of the building

▼玻璃隔断可以将空间划分成不同形式,the space could be divided by the glass partitions in various ways


▼室内的中庭模糊室内外界限,the courtyard in the center blurs the boundary between interior and exterior

▼中庭将自然光引入室内,所有家具均由混凝土制成,the courtyard brings in natural light, all the furniture is composed of concrete


The structural system consists of steel columns along the periphery of the building with a cantilevered roof and eaves around the central courtyard. The material used on all surfaces inside and outside of the building, including the casings for the appliances as well as furniture, is a 3mm thin Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (or GRC), made from recycled construction debris. Its thinness makes this material very lightweight and its porosity creates a living environment that breathes and filters the air while allowing light coming through.

▼灯光透过超薄的玻璃纤维混凝土立面,形成独特的视觉效果,unique visual effect created by light through the 3mm GRC facade


We name the building Concrete Vessel to lead the exhibition visitors to discover how concrete has evolved into a new substance that will no longer cut off the connection between life and nature, rather on the contrary, it helps to create a friendly interface.

▼玻璃纤维混凝土立面细部,detail of the GRC facade


The research and development of the GRC technology is conducted by Baogui Shiyi in collaboration of FCJZ.

▼夜景,night view





建筑面积(平方米):184 M2


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