Located in Qikeshu in northeast Beijing, ‘Masquerade’ is located within close proximity to the city’s thriving 798 Art Zone which is home to several movie and photography studios that are housed within old brickfactories. The project sees the transformation of an existing two-storey industrial building in the district, into a photography studio. Rather than merely serving as a typical atelier for the client, the upper level has been designed to host a social meeting space for VIPs, expanding the studio’s function and activities.
▼摄影工作室夜景，night view of the photography studio ©金伟琦
超现实空间 | SURREALISTIC SPACE
The design maintains the existing characteristics of the factory’s aesthetic, while incorporating materials, architectural details and design elements that contrast the original spatial qualities of the building. Collectively, the futuristic aesthetic of the new design, compliments the old industrial atmosphere, rendering a surrealistic atmosphere.
The overall scheme of the transformation has been envisioned to appear as an art gallery, that while stimulating visitors’ senses, invites them to interact with one another, offering a unique experience that encourages exploration.
▼设计分析，design diagrams ©123 architects
外立面 | FACADE
Drawing on the existing structural framework, the remodelled façade incorporates the materiality of brick which speaks to the building’s former life as a factory. The organic surface curves away from the original façade front, forming space for a balcony that extends from the second floor, with its arched elements creating a dialogue with the domed windows. The façade has been finished with silver paint, allowing the characteristics of the brick to be visible. In this way, the polished exterior already creates visual interest at street front, offering individuals visual cues of what they can expect on the interior.
▼摄影工作室外观，有机的立面造型从原始平面的两端向正前方弯曲，exterior view of the photography studio, the organic surface curves away from the original façade front ©金伟琦
▼摄影工作室外观近景，拱形元素构成了与圆弧窗户的对话关系，close view of the facade, the arched elements create a dialogue with the domed windows ©金伟琦
入口大厅 | ENTRANCE LOBBY
The walls of the entrance lobby are vaulted, forming a domed space whose curved framework contrasts the existing industrial ceiling which is exposed above. Their fluted surfaces reference the architectural details of classical columns. A bespoke star-shaped pendant light hangs from the centre of the lobby, anchoring the space. It provides a soft light that gently illuminates the interior, welcoming visitors into its warm, bright interior.
▼入口大厅，以弧形墙面和切割的拱形门洞为主要空间元素，the entrance lobby with vaulted walls and arches ©金伟琦
▼入口大厅，鲜明有机的曲面造型与天花上现有的工业痕迹形成强烈对比，the entrance lobby, the curved framework contrasts the existing industrial ceiling which is exposed above ©金伟琦
接待厅 | RECEPTION
The reception area is a white room that complements the orange entrance lobby. It features a more restrained design composed of right angles and functions as a lounge.
▼白色的接待厅，采用锯齿造型，the white reception area with right angles ©金伟琦
影棚 | PHOTO STUDIO
The photo studio is a more conventional design – a white double-height space that visually and spatially connects with the balcony of the workspace on the second floor through arched cut-outs. Curtains are used to divide the room offering functional flexibility that allows it to be used in tandem with the entrance lobby if required.
▼影棚是白色的双层空间，二层设有拱门，the photo studio is a white double-height space with arched cut-outs on the second floor ©金伟琦
餐厅 | DINING
餐厅的设计容易让人联想到某些展览空间。 灯光和镜子呈现在复古的相框中，像美术馆的陈列展品一般排列在弧形墙壁上。 紧挨着餐厅的化妆室和淋浴间，处处体现出古典美学的特质。
The dining area has been conceived to evoke the feeling of an exhibition space. Lighting and mirrors are housed within classic picture frames. They are arranged along the walls, similar to an art gallery. A makeup room with a shower is located next door featuring classical details.
▼餐厅，灯光和镜子呈现在复古的相框中，the dining area with lighting and mirrors housed within classic picture frames ©金伟琦
▼一层紧挨着餐厅的化妆室，the makeup room next to the dining area ©金伟琦
2F VIP休息室 | 2F VIP SPACE
▼二层大厅，the VIP lobby on the second floor ©金伟琦
▼二层大厅局部，partial view of the VIP lobby on the second floor ©金伟琦
The entire second floor is dedicated to VIPs, with the primary program being that of a circular-shaped lounge. The walls are covered in a luxurious fabric that has been cut into bold graphic shapes. Custom sofas that span the length of the room offer ample amounts of seating, while the eye is drawn upwards to an installation of convex traffic mirrors on the ceiling that form the focal point of the room.
▼二层VIP休息室，凸面镜有序的环绕在天花上，the second-floor VIP room with an installation of convex traffic mirrors on the ceiling ©金伟琦
2F VIP化妆间 | 2F VIP MKAEUP ROOM
The second-floor VIP makeup room features lighting that dots the walls, like a constellation of stars. A built-in dressing table displays a scalloped edge that is reminiscent of a cloud formation, with the lighting fixture resembling a floating star, overall expressing an ‘intergalactic minimalism’.
▼二层VIP化妆间，设有点缀在墙壁上的灯具，the second-floor VIP makeup room features lighting that dots the walls ©金伟琦
2F VIP盥洗室 | 2F VIP BATHROOM
Next to the makeup room is a long, narrow, over-sized bathroom. The color and reflective qualities of silver serve as the inspiration for the room, with an installation of mirror balls above adding another dimension to the space.
▼二层VIP盥洗室，天花上方安装的反光镜球为空间增添了另一层维度，the second-floor VIP bathroom, the installation of mirror balls above adds another dimension to the space ©金伟琦
▼一层平面图，1F plan ©123 architects
▼二层平面图，2F plan ©123 architects
Architect / Designer: Kazushi Miyamoto
Architecture firm: 123 architects
Completion Year: 2019
Project Location: Beijing, China
Lead Architect: Kazushi Miyamoto
Design Team: 曹西洋子 (project architect), 王卓群
Lighting consultant: 鲍舜超