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 Xicheng's historic district of Beijing, China, 0 Architecture is locating 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 shaving this traditional, old and dilapidated house, as is done much in the country, those who are both masters of work and work have decided to rehabilitate.

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

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