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The project is located on Zhong’er Street in the core area of Beijing 798 Art Zone. The space is used to be a gallery with the ground floor area of 130 sqm, a 20 sqm second floor storage room and a 73 sqm outdoor yard. The prominent Chinese luxury brand Duanmu aims to transform it into a multi-functional space for retail, exhibition, experience, communication, reception and office for itself.
▼建筑外立面，the front view
The building’s facade faces east, with 7.3 meters wide, 24.6 meters deep, and 4.6 meters high. It locates in between a restaurant on south and a gallery on north, and the east side faces the newly completed 798 Art Center. The Eastern facade is the only display surface, which is concave to 1.5 meters and consisting of the main entrance and a big glass window. Although the location of the building is quite good, the original facade is disrepair and with serious damage. Its surface material is dark red brick.
▼改造前后对比，before and after transformation
As the facade is the most important display surface, it is the key part of the renovation.In addition to the serious damage of the building facade, there are still several existing problems in the following aspects. We try to solve them instantly through the most direct responses.
▼立面改造过程，transformation process of the facade
▼改造后外貌，exterior view after transformation
The first problem is that the building was sharing the bearing wall with the adjacent restaurant. The relationship between the glass railing on the second floor terrace of the restaurant and the original building is ambiguous, which causes the overlap and confusion between the two connected facades.
The solution is to set up U-shape gap with the same width as the overlap between the two facades, so that two facades with different functions can be clearly drawn.
The second problem is that the chaotic overall visual perception from the street due to the low parapet wall.
The Solution is to make the parapet wall higher to block the street view from the chaotic facade elements. It not only effectively strengthen the integrity of the facade with the surrounding environment, but also improve the visual sense of the pedestrians.
The third problem is the inner concave on the main facade formed a “dead space” next to the restaurant. The dead corner is easily become a garbage point, and sometimes, even become a ‘rest room’ for the restaurant guests after meals at night.
In order to completely eliminate the “dead space”, and to highlight the display function of the glass window of the facade, two trapezoid surfaces are created from the boundary of the window and main entrance to the upper edge of the concave.The whole facade is contractile inward to form the “Scene frame” effect.
As the window is the most important display space, in stead of the regular box style space we create a wedge-shaped cavity inside the building by extending the slant line of the facade . The end of the slanting line is a “viewfinder” type of doorway, not only as the door of the window, but also connect the small door to the courtyard on the west wall with the window to establish the visual corridor to the inner courtyard.
the end of the slanting line is a “viewfinder” type of doorway, that connects the small door to the courtyard on the west wall with the window
▼橱窗，the display window
▼通过延续立面的斜线在建筑内部构成一个楔形腔体，in stead of the regular box style space we create a wedge-shaped cavity inside the building by extending the slant line of the facade
The window is made by Chinese top display window designer. With the inspiration from brick of the Han Dynasty, we create a scene of historic “mountain Patrol” story with enlarged animals and plants. The vivid scene has become a new landmark for the tourists due to its perfect integration of ancient and modern, the use of electric device and the combination with the three-dimension window space.
▼橱窗以汉代画像砖为灵感，将上千年的历史和别具特色的“山川巡狩”故事巧妙连接，With the inspiration from brick of the Han Dynasty, we create a scene of historic “mountain Patrol” story with enlarged animals and plants
The major material of the facade are the white exterior wall paint and the titanium golden plated metal. A 13 centimeter high metal gap is inserted on the trapezoid wall. The brand English name “DUANMU” is highlighted by the selected Russian Manchurian Ash as background with light hidden behind.
The floor plan includes Front Hall, Middle Hall, office area and courtyard.
The front part is an area for product display and experience. The back of the viewfinder window is set to be a display area. Two group of main wall cabinets are setup on the south wall with dark blue color as main display area.
▼前厅展墙，front hall display wall
▼入口嵌花地板，entrance Floor with inlaid pattern
▼主入口细节，main door detail
The middle part is a multi-functional area with dark blue walls surrounded. We demolished the old ceiling and expose the original wooden roof structure to increase the height indoor space. There is no fixed furniture except hanging exhibits on the wall. Different activities, including salon, product launches, media interviews and public exhibitions, can be organized as required.
▼中厅部分是多功能区，墙面采用深湖蓝色主色调，the middle part is a multi-functional area with dark blue walls surrounded
The office area basically retained the original one, adding only one storeroom and one glass partition office.
The long striped courtyard has 6 poplars with a height of about 20 meters. The yard was not in good condition before the renovation. We rebuilt the ground and the drainage. A outdoor wooded platform was designed along the trunk, and the ground was divided by white and gray cobblestones.
▼整修后的庭院，the courtyard after transformation
Location：798 Art District, Zhong’er Street, Beijing, China
Design Team: Duanmu Studio
Design & Construction Phase: March-May,2018
Photographer: Duanmu Studio
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