DAGA Architects is invited by Beijing TV’s “NuanNuanDeXinJia” program again to redesign the new Hutong project. In the past two years, DAGA Architects has made many attempts in the renovation of old houses in Hutong, aiming in finding a balance between modern and traditional. While improving the life quality of the owners, they can also get more abundant and unique experience in the cramped small space. In addition to present effect, it focuses more on exploration of the possibilities of integration on classic and new styles.
▼北京胡同之中的住宅概览，overview of the house located in Beijing’s Hutong
The renovation project is located in the Hutong of Dongsi North Street in Dongcheng District. The primary problem of the transformation is to leave privacy in the narrow space where many people lives. In fact, this is the inadaptability to the new life demands which was caused by the old buildings. The first step of the transformation is to rearrange the original space and organize the sequence relationships between both public and private spaces. However, the ancient Beijing Hutong mostly are adopted by public toilets, which are obviously inconvenient for peoples today. Therefore, the second step in the transformation is to solve the problems of public toilets.
▼住宅内部分析，analysis of the house
The concept of “glass boxes” is embedded in the old buildings, the transparent glass curtain walls ensure adequate lighting throughout the day, therefore lighting efficiency of small space is greatly improved. At the same time, large windows can maximize the landscape value of the ancient Hutong buildings. The using of glass box will break the barrier and bring more possibilities to different attributes of spaces. Base on the characteristics of the glass, the box forms a strong contrast with the old bricks, thus metaphorizing the conflict and symbiosis between the historical and modern era.
▼光滑剔透的玻璃盒子与古老厚重的青砖灰瓦形成强烈的新老对比，base on the characteristics of the glass, the box forms a strong contrast with the old bricks
The owner of the house, Mrs. Cao, lives the end of Hutong with her husband, daughter and their cat. Only 25 square meters of spaces are available for their daily living, work, study and entertainment. Through ingenious design techniques, we need to solve the problems of lighting, independent toilets and interactive public area in small space. While meeting the living needs of this three-member family, we inject new energy and lifestyles into the old house. While stepping into the house, the first thing we saw is the combination area of both living room and the kitchen , by using white as our majority colour of the area , it makes the whole space indeed more spacious, bright and tidy.Customized built-in storage shelves integrate the two spaces and make full use of the built-in storage space. Simple lines perfectly hide the essential appliances in life, such as washing machines, lampblack machines and other large furniture. Storage shelves are placed on one side of the room and allow the open atrium to be the public area of the household. The combination of white and natural light makes the whole space brighter and warmer.
▼入口区域的客厅和厨房-定做的内置存储架子让两个空间融入到一起，living area and kitchen at the entrance-customized built-in storage shelves integrate the two spaces
Simple and slender stairs divide the upper and lower spaces of the house. Below the stairs is a private area for the cat, which is enough for the it to rest and take up no space. The attic of the house is an independent bedroom for children. The whole bedroom is painted in white just like other areas. She will have her own little paradise area for study and sleep. Through glass partitions and skylights, the amount of nature sunlight receives to the children’s bedroom has been improved, the wholeness of space has been extended as well., she will enjoy the first ray of sunshine during the day, while accompanying by stars at night.
▼楼下为厨房及主卧室区域，阁楼则作为小孩的独立卧房，kitchen and master bedroom area at the first level, the attic of the house is an independent bedroom for children
▼简洁的厨房空间，simple and clean kitchen area
White is still selected as main color of the master bedroom area, while pulley tracks are installed to separate with other functional spaces and therefore it solved the privacy problem. By using the curtain as an outer shell, the texture of the space and the volume of the atmosphere have been improved.
▼白色的主卧空间，master bedroom in white colour
The bathroom area is paved by white bricks, which indicates concise, bright and modern. The white bricks are neatly arranged to reflect elegance of the design. We have also dug and built a bathtub for the family to experience the spa treatment. The bathroom went straight up to the roof and fully automatic skylight was installed above the roof. The bathroom use to refractive light from white bricks to improve its brightness and texture during the day. When night falls, family members can also enjoy the night scenery.
▼从二层往下俯视卫浴 ，view from second level towards bathroom
在如此拥有历史性的传统建筑下，我们加建了可爬上的屋顶作为设计的主要特点，钢结构的架子延伸出来并可作为平时晒衣服晾衣架，需要去二层屋顶露台时可将梯子放下来，可作为住户休闲娱乐的另一个空间。 激进感强烈得玻璃盒子与着拥有百年历史沉淀的胡同瓦砖的搭配形成了鲜明的对比。 不但能保证住户直接感受到全天充足的阳光，也会大大减少视觉上体积的重量性。
By in contrast with the traditional historical houses, climbable roof is added to indicates the new forms of design features. Steel frame ladder structures can be used as a drying rack, the ladder can be lowered to create a platform to go up to the roof top, which also provides a space for leisure and entertainment. The radical glass box contrasts sharply with the Hutong, which distinguish the old and new design structures clearly.
▼可上人屋顶作为设计的主要特点，钢结构架子延伸出来可以作为平时晒衣服晾衣架，climbable roof is added to indicates the new forms of design features, steel frame ladder structures can be used as a drying rack
▼可上人玻璃平台，climbable glass rooftop platform
For the courtyard, the combination of glass bricks and the old traditional bricks has been used to separate the owner’s house with the neighborhood houses. While the lights glow warmly through thick glass bricks, the it gave a halo effect which can be seen clearly when night falls. Therefore the atmosphere of the entire space is greatly enhanced.
▼玻璃砖将业主户外的地面跟其他的住户们的地面分隔开，glass bricks are used to separate the owner’s house with the neighborhood houses
▼夜晚鸟瞰，bird-eye view at night
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
▼剖面图 A，section A
▼剖面图 B，section B
Project name: Transparent Hutong No.3
Design company: DAGA Architects
Design team: Shen Jianghai, Li Shaoyi, Wang Xiaohan, Yin Aili
Soft loading design: Yu Xiaoyu, Fang Tingqiu, Ma Weixuan
Project type: Architectural&Interior design
Covered area: 20㎡
Date of design: February, 2019
Date of construction: February-March, 2019
Photographer: Wu Tou