The project is an extension designed to host private residential spaces as well as spaces for a local artists community. The intervention connects and mediates the presence of two existing volumes; it grows around the two separated units generating different light conditions, fusing in a non-linear sequence the existing programs and the “new”, which comprises of creative disciplines such as sculpting, painting, pottery. The volumes weave around in their bare materiality enveloping more private and secluded spaces, interiors that are of three types: meditation, rest and discussion.
▼从主入口望向北楼，north volume seen from the main access ©Federico Ruberto
▼北楼南立面，south facade of the north volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼，the south volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼南立面，south facade of the south volume ©Federico Ruberto
The volumes overground are defined by layers that, keeping a calculated balance between dissolution and solidification, work mainly on one function: mediating and organizing through few formal gestures the “incalculable”: light. The composition, texture and density of the facades result from the interpolation of three parameters: degree of reflection/refraction of direct light (artistic requirements), maximization of view from interior to exterior (living requirements), and minimization of visual permeability from exterior to interior (privacy). Materials are kept to the bare minimum; anodized aluminum envelops all the new overground terraces and glass volumes, whilst rough concrete defines the underground spaces. The program has no identifiable divisions, no internal boundaries define the newly inserted activities, which are diluted by light and transformed into programmatic gradients.
▼南楼新建表皮与原有建筑，south facade and the existing building ©Federico Ruberto
▼从西侧望向加建部分，the two extended volumes seen from the west side ©Federico Ruberto
▼从北楼露台望向南楼，the south volume seen from the terrace of the north volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼北楼两处玻璃幕墙之间的风景，in between the north volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼露台以及通向屋顶的连接通道，south volume’s terrace and the passage way leading to the top level ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼的瑜伽露台，yoga terrace of the south volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼瑜伽露台和放映室，yoga terrace and projection room ©Federico Ruberto
For this reason each space (spatial sequence) is surrounded by a continuous system, a porous envelope made by glass and several layers of a differently oriented mesh —superimposed sheets that have apertures and densities varying according to specific requirements. This operation generates different degrees of visual permeability, reflection and ultimately privacy. The new addition appears solid in volume/color/texture if looked from the outside, but it visually vanishes when “lived” from the inside, an effect generated by the juxtaposition of differently oriented layers of stretched aluminum mesh that “opening up” or “closing down” force the eyes to see trough or not, to catch peculiar reflections according to where they are placed.
▼北楼外饰材质，north volume exterior view ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼外饰材质，south volume exterior view ©Federico Ruberto
▼双层金属格栅，two layers metal mesh ©Federico Ruberto
▼从北楼画室望向南楼，the south volume seen from the painting room of the north volume ©Federico Ruberto
▼放映室，projection room ©Federico Ruberto
▼地下冥想室，underground meditation room ©Federico Ruberto
The landscape around the building [unfinished at this stage] is supposed to work formally in continuity with the architectural mass, establishing ground links between the two poles of the plot. The material simplicity of the hardscape -wooden deck and aluminum mesh, works in conjunction with a less formally determined softscape which has set plants and groups of essences placed emphasizing the presence of water, the amount of solar irradiation, and the desired degree of privacy from the surroundings.
▼夜景，night views ©Federico Ruberto
▼露台，terrace ©Federico Ruberto
▼南楼屋顶通道，passage way to the roof terrace ©Federico Ruberto
▼格栅反光特写，mesh reflections ©Federico Ruberto
At the moment there is no effective presence of vegetation on the elevated terraces and on the facades, this is because time has not yet run its course. By the end of summer we expect to be able to catch layers of vegetation expanding all around the building, growing from the elevated terraces that have embedded soil containers along their perimeters, and from the base of each metallic surface. It is only a matter of time, and of weather, for the rough geometric definition of the envelope to loose itself up whilst being parasitized by the green. Bringing such unpredictable element to fuse with the linear austerity of the intervention (to be an added layer composing the facade) will not only build more interesting aesthetic effects but will help maintaining the interior cooler in the hot days of summer.
▼实体模型，方案一（木质）和方案二（塑胶），models, first (wood) and second option (Perspex) ©reMIXstudio
▼加建体量分析图，diagrams of the intervention ©reMIXstudio
▼东立面图，east elevation ©reMIXstudio
Architectural Office | 设计方: reMIX Studio临界工作室 (www.remixstudio.org)
Project name | 项目名称: W(an)W(an)S(hu) | WWS艺术社区
Year | 年份: 2018
Location | 地点: Beijing, China | 中国，北京
Status | 状态: completed | 建成
Type | 类型: addition, renovation, landscape | 改造&景观
Program | 功能: mix use | 综合
Size | 规模: renovation 200 sqm, addition 400, garden 500 sqm | 改造200平方米，加建400平方米，景观500平方米
Client | 业主: private | 私人
Team | 团队成员 : Federico Ruberto, Chen Chen (陈忱), Nicola Saladino, Chen Muzhi (陈牧之), Tan Lu (谭露), Wang Xuan (王璇), Zhai Yufeng (翟羽峰), Zhao Wei (赵玮), Xue Yang (薛扬), Zhang Wei (章炜)