This project is to renovate a two-storey wooden house and turn it into a studio. The site locates in the historical district of Xiaohe Straight Street in Hangzhou. Although the house has been renovated previously, the old wooden structure and the traditional appearance still was preserved. Through a variety of design practices and authentic materials, we want to build a living space that belongs to ourselves.
▼工作室门面的克制的处理出于对原建筑风貌的保护与尊重，the façade did not change much as it should be preserved
▼工作室入口门牌，the entrance sign
First of all, there are design considerations for the subsequent renovation. It has to be a place including office, accommodation as well as lounge area for proximately 10 people within the confinement of 60㎡. Secondly, the ambient and scale of the street give people a sense of belonging. Environment remind people about the past memories of hometown. It is just like returning back to the good old time when immerse inside. Last but not least, we want to create a traditional Chinese garden. Although the courtyard is not big enough to do so, but the location on a river credit to the site as water is always an important element in Chinese gardens. It makes us think that is it possible to create a virtual and spiritual garden here? The Xiaohe Straight Street is located in the north of Hangzhou city, seating on the junction of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Little river and Yuhang Tong river. As a busy cargo terminal in southern song dynasty, the ground level of the houses in that region normally open for commercial purpose whereas the upper level for private residence. It is a typical riverside house in China. All the component of a garden seems already exist in the street including water, bridge, stone, and tree. Through a series of design strategies including play with levels, structural design, preservation of landscape, selection of objects, managing human circulation flow and so on. We hope to build a long-lasting space that contains the detail of everyday life.
▼一层进门的多功能室动图，the multifunctional room gif
▼木结构被保留并展现出来，expose old timber structure
▼二层空间动图，the second floor gif
The additional loft continuously using timber as supporting structure. Terrazzo replaced original tiles on the ground floor. Compare to traditional latex wall paint, we chose to use textured glass fiber cloth simply because it has numerous advantages such as environmental friendly, anti-cracking, insect resistance etc. It protects the old house from a lot of problems while adding interesting texture detail. The original wooden staircase was reinforced with iron frame and covered with new planks. Lightweight and simple iron handrail expose the space with a certain degree of transparency. The abandon space below the stairs is utilized to place the refrigerator and a washing machine hidden in the bathroom. Climb up the staircase, the second floor function as an open office area.
▼通往二层的木楼梯用铁艺框架加固，staircase to the 2nd floor
▼二楼公共办公区，open office area on the second floor
▼ 独立办公室，窗户扩大引进光线和景色，斜面屋顶上辅以天窗，maximum window to lighten up the space and framing of landscape in private office, skylight mount on pitched roof
▼从三层阁楼俯视独立办公室，view from the mezzanine to the office space
▼电光玻璃窗，electrooptic glass window
设计品牌家具的选择，一楼公共空间，Jean Prouvé的桌子，同样还有VitraEdward Barber & Jay Osgerby长条凳、Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec绿色植物椅、Jean Prouvé的悬臂灯等。
Selection of designer brand furniture including tablebyJean Prouvé, Bench byEdward Barber & Jay Osgerby, green chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jean Prouvé ’s light and so on.
▼通往三层阁楼的梯子，the ladder to the mezzanine
▼原来堆放杂物的下沉空间现被改造成如山洞般的阅读角，the clusterstorage space was transformed into a cave-like reading corner
▼三层阁楼的休息室，the mezzanine lounge
Project Title: Renovation of ARCHIPOETRY STUDIO
Design company: ARCHIPOETRY STUDIO
Year of completion : 2018.1
Leaddesigner: langjin zhu
Design team: xiaowen xu，yafeng liu，peihua wang，qiaoyun lu，zhuoyue ying，xinjia niu，yu pan.
Location：Hang zhou, China
Materials:Terrazzo, iron, fiberglass cloth, pine, oak flooring.
Construction team：Shiming chen， iron art–wenxiu li
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