The architectural form precedes and is independent of any purpose or meaning that is ascribed to it. –Aldo Rossi
Exploring the “Spectacle” of residential space has always been an interest of our studio. After sorting out and researching the corresponding field characteristics of each site, we believe that the emergence of space as a continuum can feel it’s internal and external Continuous and infinite. We create individual solutions tailored to their needs, re-creating spatial structures and giving them functional properties to create spectacle interiors and illusionary worlds. “The essence of the landscape is the world of illusion”. The structure hosts three generations living together in a complex living system.
▼室内一览，overview © 立明
In the specific operation, we use space construction to emphasize structural orientation and create a completely open public space that can simultaneously host hospitality, entertainment, dining, and leisure functions. Circular arc wall separates kitchen, dinning room, and living room, and weakens their inherent boundaries, visually embodying the highlights and uniqueness of our case. In the specific operation, three arcs with different radii are displayed at the center of the entrance circle, and the directivity of the three different spaces is formed through the arc drainage, which represents the living space where three generations live together. Wall mullion realizes the mutual interconnection of sight and light, and becomes a funny place where children can freely shuttle and play.
▼主视觉，subject vision © 立明
Located in the Beiyuan East Road area of Chaoyang District, Beijing, the original house type was a conventional four-bedroom, one-bedroom house, with each room relatively independent from the other. The state of the separate rooms aggravates the distance of the living scene for a family of six, while the excessive pre-designed wall panels block the communication of sight lines, making it impossible to match the daily needs of three generations living together.
▼场地分析，site analysis © 戏构建筑设计工作室
After the renovation, the closest rooms adjacent to the entrance are inserted through the curved wall, which unifies the new structure and connects each area with a back-and-forth movement, so that each family member has a spacious and comfortable living environment and the concept of three generations living together can be passed on.
▼模型图，model © 戏构建筑设计工作室
Since ancient times, the round shape has always given us the visual association of reunion, so we use the round shape as the basic type and put it into space, and then cut it into three blocks, large, medium and small, which are mutually exclusive but mutually integrated and constructed, and establish a special order in the space to organize and connect them. “Law doesn’t originate from nature but is constructed by human’s thoughts.” The formation of intimate relationships is inseparable from the existence of key ties. The spatial concept of this project also follows the logic of emotion. From north to south, it points to the respective activity areas of the old, middle-aged, and young generations, and at the same time, the arcs guide the corresponding moving lines to form the structural boundary of the restaurant. We attempt to build an emotional bridge of three generations living together in the center of the space. The design of the incision in the curved outline serves as a conceptual carrier for the emotional communication of a family of six, and the resulting incision realizes the interaction between internal and external scenes, becoming a structural expression of symbiotic and harmonious family relationships.
▼概念过程演变，conceptual process evolution © 立明
▼正对的圆弧柱体被设计为玄关柜，the circular arc cylinder opposite is designed as a porch cabinet © 立明
▼从玄关看向客厅，view from the hallway to living room © 立明
Entering from the entrance, you can see the form composition of the whole space, and the arc column is designed as the entrance cabinet for easy storage. The shoe putting stool extends out from the wall and continues the curved element, which is a transitional setting for entering the space. The use of mirrored elements opens up the visual space, and the reflective effect can be seen from any angle to overlap and conceal the structural layers, which is a concrete expression of the concept of three generations living together.
▼从餐厨区看向玄关，view from the dining area to the entrance hall © 立明
The white floor corresponds to the curved ceiling to form an open kitchen area, and the use of light colors presents a bright and jumpy space atmosphere. The island enhances the flow of interaction between the kitchen and the dining area, and the increased number of worktops, which integrates the cooking and dining scenes. Dark grey dining table and chairs are chosen to echo the surrounding gray area. Island Design meets the dining demand for a family of six. The mirrored material on the top and walls stretch the visual space and close the arc.
▼餐厨区，the dining area © 立明
The living room on the south side has a shaped sofa, breaking the order of the square space and leaving enough space for children to run around freely at the same time. The TV wall of the cabinet provides storage function, and the sliding door of the children’s room is embedded in it, and the window frame is exposed when the door is closed, providing a variety of visual layers. From the perspective of the living room to the north, the quiet and private gray-toned space contrasts with the white-toned area that symbolizes vitality.
▼客厅，the living area © 立明
▼儿童房入口，entrance of the children’s room © 立明
The curved streamline is introduced into the children’s room, the overall wood color is dominant, the material is relatively natural and soft. The corresponding curved ceiling divides the activity and rest area, the left wardrobe is embedded with the “activity bin” device, and the frame design depicts functional scenes of entertainment and learning. The resting area is reserved for the future bed, and two groups of low cabinets are symmetrically distributed along the border of the aisle and by the window as the main storage space.
▼温馨的儿童房，the warm children’s room © 立明
Wooden elements are often used in the private space, with a window extending out to provide a platform for dressing and reading, bringing in maximum natural light. The walk-in closet carries the storage function, and the hidden light strip inside the cabinet enhances the convenience of use. The irregular spherical chandelier is a flexible space, and the soft and warm light gives the house a warm and quiet texture.
▼主卧，master bedroom © 立明
Other service rooms
The bathroom scene is separated from the bathroom, and the mirror cabinet extends the visual space, and the three-part design enhances practicality. The master bathroom corresponds to the distribution of the master bedroom, and the bathroom part is equipped with a bathtub and a bathroom at the same time, enhancing the comfort of using. The laundry function is placed in the second bathroom, with a complete operating table and laundry sink next to it. The elderly housing on the north side is symmetrically distributed with the master bedroom, the interior is designed with tatami mats, and the bedside cabinet provides a strong storage space. The study room is hidden in the wall panel, and can also be used as a storage room, as well as a temporary guest room.
▼书房、老人房、卫生间，study & elder people’s room & bathroom © 立明
The design process for Whirly Realm is a study in the composition that eliminates complexity and simplicity. By introducing the concept of a circular structure, the functional flow of three generations is created that is mutually supportive and symbiotic.
The designer is the dream maker. What a designer does is to create memories, to connect with the homeowner to create the moments that will define their life over the next decade. One day, your design will be remembered by a few people, but memory is just our blueprint, and moving forward is the only way.
▼爆炸分析图，explosion analysis chart © 戏构建筑设计工作室
▼改造后平面图，plan after renovation © 戏构建筑设计工作室
设计公司：戏构建筑设计工作室 XIGO STUDIO
项目参与：史英杰 傅师 杨富达 罗爽
撰文排版：石昭琪 刘阳 蔡晴