City and JIMU (Block)
用「上帝视角」俯瞰城市， 城市发展犹如儿时玩耍时搭积木，过程中的堆砌与抽离，像极了城市的高密开发与频繁更新。繁华楼宇固然炫彩夺目，老旧街区却始终让人为之着迷， 那种魅力在于时间所留下的痕迹和记忆。
Looking down on the city from the perspective of god, urban development is like kids playing build blocks. The way of the blocks be piling up and pulling away is much like the high-density development and the frequent updating of the city. Even though, skyscrapers are the neon gods, people are still fascinated by the old neighborhoods as there is a charm lies in the traces and memories that left by time.
▼积木公寓外观，exterior view of the apartment building
时至今日，老旧建筑正在慢慢被拆除或改造中，焕发着重生的魅力。被委托设计改造这样一座位于水井坊老街区的七层办公楼时，原有的室内空间早已破败不堪。尽管如此，业主仍希望将其改建为一处拥有温度和记忆的长租公寓——「 积木公寓 」。
Today, there have many old buildings been demolished or remolded, and to be endowed a new life. When Archetype has been delegated to design and renovate such a seven-story office building located in the old neighborhood of Shui Jing Fang in Cheng Du, the original interior space was already in a dilapidated condition. Nevertheless, the owner still in hope of converting it into a long-term rental apartment building that can provides a warming vibe and creates memories rather than a bunch of coldness condos, hence the name is “JIMU PLUS”.
▼公寓外观局部，首层的木墙面、玻璃墙面与上层的砖墙面相得益彰，partial exterior view of the apartment building, the wooden walls and glass of the ground floor complement the upper brick walls
The concepts of 「 front court 」-「 central court yard 」-「 back yard 」of the traditional chengdu house are vertically distributed in this seven-story building, thus dividing the relationship between public area and guest rooms.
▼建筑空间分析图，前庭、中庭和后庭的概念垂直化分布在公寓楼中，space diagram, the concept of front court, central court yard and back yard are vertically distributed in the apartment building
前庭 | Front Court
「 初极狭，才通人。复行数十步，豁然开朗。 」客人从隐藏式的入口进入到室内，通过相对狭小的通道后便来到一个拥有五层层高的镂空区域，在此空间内，不管客人是在用餐间隙还是登记等候，都能感受到整个建筑带来的「 渐入佳境 」的空间感受和视觉冲击。
▼前庭，镂空区域五层通高，the front court with five – story height
▼从镂空区域的首层向上看，looking up from the ground of the front court
▼前庭局部，井字格的红色天花板与竖直的金属百叶相辅相成，partial view of the front court, the red grid ceiling and the vertical metal blinds complement each other
On the ground floor guests are guided into the building by a hidden wooden finishing sliding door. Arriving at central court yard by going through a relatively small foyer the guest is welcomed into a hollow area with five – story height which accentuates the unique feeling of space.
▼前庭局部，partial interior view of the front court
中庭 | Central Court Yard
▼建筑腰间的双层挑空空间，作为交流空间，给室内空间带来了充足的自然光，the double-layer void space in the middle of the whole building as guests’ communication zone, allowing the maximum natural light
We pull out a 「 block 」 in the middle of the whole building, in order to create a double-layer void space as guests’ communication zone, a huge transparent glass box open to the surrounding city which allows the maximum natural light, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior. In this moment, Indoor people and objects become part of the scenery open to the outside, while the distance between apartment and surroundings is getting closer.
▼双层挑空空间局部，模糊了空间之间的界限，partial view of the double-layer void space, blurring the boundary between spaces
客房 | Guest Rooms
▼客房的起居室，温暖的木材与白墙相适应，the living room of the guest room, the warm wood complements the white walls
▼起居室和卧室通过镂空的墙体和错位的柜体分隔开来，the living room and the bedroom are divided by the floated wall and furniture
Unlike public space, the integration of blocks is closely related to life. In the neat dimensional layout, those floated wall and furniture seem to have been gifted a vivid individual character, be in sufficient natural light, capturing the fleeting change between the visible and the invisible.
▼起居室和卧室，the living room and the bedroom
▼卧室木墙上的大片镜面映照出起居室的景象，the large mirror embedded on the bedroom wall reflects the living room
The colored framework which is both a coat hanger and an installation, is inspired by the skeleton left over from the removal of the walls of the old building. Bearing emotional memories, it blurs the boundary between the old and the new. The furniture and objects inside the room are just like building blocks piled up together, forming the every single ordinary daily life, thereby person and space produced resonance with each other.
▼客房的书房空间，the study space of the guest room
▼客房室内空间局部，磨砂玻璃划分空间，partial interior view of the guest room, the space is divided by ground glass
▼客房室内空间局部，酒红色的框架结构既是衣架亦是装置，partial interior view of the guest room, the colored framework which is both a coat hanger and an installation
In terms of living subject, design more hope to strip the complex externalities of things and restoring their essence without compromising comfort, so as to create a gentle and beautiful picture of life. Those who divide functional space is no longer a wall nor a door, but the white partition, the floated custom furniture and a piece of mirror even. In this 「one step, one scene」scenery, no matter living, learning, or communication, any kind of life state can be naturally switch between each other.
▼客房室内局部，details of the guest room
积木 | JIMU (Blocks)
Our strategy was to abandoned all the modeling materials of the original building facade, and only retained its most original structure. All the functional space were organized into square blocks. These blocks with different sizes coexist in the frame independently but not seem to be so isolation. They defines the entire building shape from outside to inside, signaling its presence on the facade, while acting as a framework within which each function of the apartment is contained.
▼空间局部，partial interior view
后庭 | Back Yard
This last 「 block 」 is the one we have left on the top of the building, defined by the regular grid of columns and beams which frames views of the sunning panorama of the city. The spacious space on the rooftop is a perfect place to share happiness, whether for a party or a nap.
▼规则梁柱系统限定出的顶层空间，the space on the top floor that is defined by the regular grid of columns and beams
▼位于顶层的后庭空间，the bark yard on the top of the building
▼后庭，可在此聚会、小憩、观景，the bark yard providing a party, nap and sightseeing space
「 积木公寓 」犹如它的名字，是我们在城市之中、新旧之间，安放的一块小小的「积木」，它像一座桥，连接着过去和现在，承载着回忆与期待。
Like its name, JIMU PLUS is a small block that we place in the city, between the old and new. It is like a bridge, bridging the past and the present, carrying memories and expectations.
项目名称：JIMU PLUS 积木公寓
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018年3月 & 2019年9月
空间设计：Fei 薛菲 | Tokay 余岛 | Simon 张浩霖 | Zoey 郑颖
Area: 2600 m²
摄影版权：形在建筑空间摄影 | 贺川
客户：JIMU PLUS 积木公寓
品牌：Van Der Rohe 凡德罗
Location: Chengdu, China
Project Complete: Sep. 2019
Design: ARCHETYPE Design Organization
Design in charge: Louis 廖晋南
Space Design: Fei 薛菲 | Tokay 余岛 | Simon 张浩霖 | Zoey 郑颖
Area: 2600 m²
Location: Chengdu, China
Photographer: Here Space Photography | 贺川
Furniture supplier：Van Der Rohe