Re-fracted, China by reMIXstudio

Office and residential space integrated within a limited footprint of 200 sqm

Project Specs


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▼露台景观,terrace view ©陈鑫星

The project site is nested in a well preserved hutong area in Beijing Xicheng District. Both the main office and a small residential part had to be integrated within a limited footprint of 200 sqm with minimum interventions on the original layout and the client requested a flexible spatial organization that could accommodate different uses in the future.

▼场地原貌,site condition ©临界工作室


▼设计生成,design development ©临界工作室

Black steel boxes were inserted to connect the existing volumes, transforming the site from a traditional living space into a multifunctional modern office. The new volumes break down the existing barren exterior space into four gardens of intimate scales and diverse atmospheres. A route is delineated along the 19m long North-South axis with an orchestrated sequence of different spatial experiences and changing views to transit from the public office to the private living part of the building.

▼庭院,courtyard perspective ©陈鑫星

▼从庭院望向黑色钢板包裹的新建体量,view to the dark steel volume from the courtyard ©陈鑫星

▼精心设计的动线试图在狭小的空间里最大化空间的纵深,the circulation design tries to maximize the depth of the space ©陈鑫星


▼剖面序列示意,section series ©临界工作室

The choice of materials not only establishes a dialogue between the old and the new, but also implies different levels of privacy. The use of transparent and ridged glass as spatial partitions helps enhance the sensorial depth of the space. Depending on the viewers’ perspective, the angle of the sun and the weather conditions, the glass oscillates between the effects of reflection and refraction. Standing in the East room, the large transparent glass provides the perfect view point for the multi-layered panorama of the courtyard to unfold: the Zen garden in the foreground, the framed view with bamboo leaves and a few steps leading upwards in the middle ground, and the large trees and traditional pitched roofs outside the courtyard in the background.

▼迷幻通透的空间序列,transparencies and layering ©陈鑫星

▼天窗与玻璃隔墙,skylight and glass partitions  ©陈鑫星


While looking from the exterior, the glass shows a mirrored reflection of the site that creates the illusion of an expanded courtyard, with modern interior layers and glimpses of reflected surrounding vernacular context. In the same time the semi-transparent ridged glass transforms the ordinary objects and everyday activities behind it into abstract images and patterns. These elusive images altered by different illuminations create moments of surprises.

▼庭院效果图,courtyard perspective ©临界工作室

▼庭院内外效果图,around the gardens ©临界工作室

▼平面图,plan ©临界工作室

▼剖面图,section ©临界工作室

▼玻璃节点,glass details ©临界工作室

项目: 凹透院
年份: 2019
地点: 中国,北京
状态: 建成
类型: 改造
功能: 办公&住宅
规模: 建筑 105 平米,景观 85 平米
业主: 私人
团队: 陈忱, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, 刘杨洋,陈牧之,陈思,陈宇轩

Project: Re-fracted
Year: 2019
Location: Beijing, China
Status: completed
Type: renovation
Program: mixed office & residential
Size: architecture 105 sqm, landscape 85 sqm
Client: private
General Contractor: Beijing Shunyixing Estate Agents Ltd.
Team: Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yangyang, Chen Muzhi, Chen Si, Chen Yuxuan

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