“到处都有艰难的航程和同样的星星。但这片花园就在我的窗外。” ——卡佛 《花园》
“There are difficult voyages and the same stars everywhere. But this garden is outside my window.” ——The Garden written by Carver
Located in the core area of Zhongguancun, the Xueqing Road Station is within a two-kilometer’s way to Tsinghua University and Peking University. As a gathering place for Internet companies, most of the old factories remaining from the industrial era have been demolished and renewed. While Beijing Research Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Technology (BRIMET) is one of the few survivors.
▼视频，video © QUCESS清石设计
It is a challenge to meet the needs of the emerging Internet and science-and-technology enterprises. They require a maximized working area with good ventilation, a lighting environment, and a high-quality, active space atmosphere. Although the client’s concern was mainly interior renovation, the design team focused on the surroundings outside the project. Combining the entrance location, a circle was used to divide the entire factory building into four parts, blending it into the surrounding environment.
▼ 改造后建筑外观，The exterior of the renovated building © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Under the disadvantages of the limited budget, extensive structure, and high-tech requirements, it was a crucial question that how to use the existing conditions to maximize the office area and to ensure that the building maintained a good ventilation and lighting environment as well as high quality, active space atmosphere.
▼轴测分析图，Axonometric analysis diagram © QUCESS清石设计
▼剖面分析图，Section diagram © QUCESS清石设计
Outside of the project, it refers to the surrounding environment of the factory, as well as the roof and the structural space below the original ground. Combined with the location of the building entrance, the entire factory building was divided into four parts with a circular shape, making it integrated into the surrounding environment. On the premise of safety, the space height and roof were utilized to the best.
▼建筑中庭花园概览，overall of the atrium garden © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼中庭花园与半地下空间相连，The atrium garden is connected to the semi-underground space © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼由花园看厂房空间，Factory space viewed from garden © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
“We hope that every office area is surrounded by a garden so that the staff can enjoy a moment of relaxation when they look out the window after work. Of course, they can also walk into the garden and enjoy the sun and nature.”
▼花园与旋转楼梯是项目的核心特征，The garden and the spiral staircase are central features of the project © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼由楼梯看花园，viewing the garden from the spiral staircase © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Looking up at the sky
Once entering the space, a large area of the skylight had been expanded and transformed to guide the direction by the light brought in. The skylight extended to connect with the atrium so that the atrium garden was saturated in natural light. At nightfall, when the lights were still warm, the skylight reflected the blue starry sky. Part of the skylight of the old building was retained in the second half of the atrium so that the space users could feel the unique traces of the original factory building.
▼大面积被扩建改造的采光天窗，escalator leads to the semi-underground space © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
To balance the long east-west scale of the project, two spiral staircases of different shapes were designed in the atrium to disperse and organize the flow of people, playing a role in activating the space atmosphere. At the end of the atrium, the light illuminated the glass bricks wrapping the freight elevator from the inside, making people linger there.
▼旋转楼梯分散组织人流动线，spiral staircases were designed in the atrium to disperse and organize the flow of people © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼旋转楼梯起到活跃空间氛围的作用，the spiral stairs plays a role in activating the space atmosphere © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼旋转楼梯细部，details of the spiral staircase © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Near the spiral staircase, two sets of open sightseeing elevators echoed the stairs, and the structural steel frame was painted with bright colors to form the visual focus of the atrium, forming the core of the traffic. The artistic spiral staircase contrasted against the industrialized sightseeing elevator, making the whole space full of vitality, adding a sense of fun to the journey of upstairs and downstairs. In the afternoon sun, when the old and new parts met, it exuded fascinating light and shadow.
▼两组开敞型的观光电梯与休闲空间，Two groups of open sightseeing elevator and leisure space © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼明亮的色彩涂装结构钢架形成中庭的视觉焦点，bright colors to form the visual focus of the atrium © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼由旋转楼梯下方看休闲空间，viewing the leisure space from the bottom of the spiral staircase © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼开敞观光电梯与旋转步行梯相呼应，The open sightseeing elevator echoes the spiral stairs © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Starry Sky Garden
To meet the parking demand to the greatest extent, the original ground was dug to the foundation of the pillars which served as a semi-underground garage. The sunken atrium garden extended to the garage, bringing a different parking experience. “In the reconstruction of the old factory building, ensuring the safety of the building and structure is always the core of the project. While how to make the most of the existing building and structural conditions is the key to low-cost construction of the project. ”
▼半地下空间，the semi-underground space © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
To maximize the utilization rate, the roof supported almost all the electron-mechanical equipment of the entire building. Therefore, the designer had designed two roof gardens with different styles and functions for leisure and gathering on the inclined roof of the original building.The garden center was designed with solar self-luminous seats and art installations in the form of leaves and feathers. When strolling at night, the thoughts of the Internet worker wandered at any time. The design intended to create a garden and a starry sky for the space users as well as the surrounding buildings and users.
▼屋顶花园，roof garden © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼屋顶几乎承担了整个建筑的所有机电设备，the roof supported almost all the electron-mechanical equipment of the entire building © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
▼太阳能自发光座椅及叶片、羽毛形态的艺术装置，solar self-luminous seats and art installations in the form of leaves and feathers © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Thanks to China Academy of Building Research Co., Ltd. for providing a lot of key support and assistance in this project. For QUCESS DESIGN, it was a very challenging renovation project in all aspects. Fortunately, with the full support of the owner and the full cooperation of the construction firm, the project finally came into being.
▼结构细部，details of the project © YAN PHOTOSTUDIO
Project name: Zhongguancun Digital Economy Innovation Industry Base
Design company: QUCESS DESIGN www.qucess.com
Chief designer: Li Yiming
Design team: Li Jianchuan, Wang Lei, Wang Xueli, Zhao Zhiwei, Mu Yu, Zhang Zhihao
Deepening design team: Ji Shichao, Li Liang, Xu Yu, Zhang Jianpeng
Furnishing team: Hu Kun, Li Tingting, Luo Yun
Structural consultant: China Academy of Building Research Co., Ltd.
Design time: May 2019
Completion time: May 2020
Project area: 21,565 square meters
Main materials: terrazzo, glass brick, woven steel mesh
Photography: Zheng Yan
Branding Team: Li Yuhan, LELE Brand Strategy Agency