0 Architecture : 10 000/1 Office

This year, the agency 0 Architecture has decided to install its premises in the district of Xicheng in Beijing (China), in a Siheyuan, a traditional Chinese house appeared in XIIIe century organized around a square courtyard, transformed into offices and artist studio.

In the historic district of Xicheng in Beijing (China), the 0 Architecture agency is setting up its premises on a plot of 130 square meters whose central courtyard is surrounded by a set of three single-storey buildings open to the east. Instead of razing this traditional house, old and dilapidated, as is done a lot in the country, those who are both project managers and owners have decided to rehabilitate it.

Previously composed of twelve pieces, this Siheyuan his open spaces are only three, one per building, each with a specific function: to the south, offices; to the north, two workshops belonging to a Chinese artist and to the west, facing the main entrance, a meeting room. The general massing and the wooden frames were preserved and clad with corrugated metal trough, as well as three fruit trees - jujube - planted during the construction of the building.
The interior spaces are complemented by micro-scaffolding structural bamboo, whose rods are fixed with screws, so as to obtain cubes 28 centimeters of edges. Iron wires, steel plates and glass, can complete this grid to form storage or working surfaces to different functions, defining spaces without using partitions and without obstructing the passage of natural light.

What animate the creativity of the occupants of this ancestral place.

To learn more, visit the site of 0 Architecture

Photographs: Jin Wei Qi

Post your comment

  • No comment on this article.

ADC Awards

ADC-Awards-logo-2017 250-01
The most outstanding architectural achievements elected by the professional community

>> Read more



miaw white logo ok

An International Award to the best products for architects and layout professionals

>> Read more



5, Saulnier Street - 75009 PARIS

T: + (33) 1 42 61 61 81

F: + (33) 1 42 61 61 82

[email protected]

about us

my account 

Mobile version