Dot Architects : Baitasi House of the Future

Will the house of tomorrow be entirely glazed, saturated with screens and ruled by an authoritarian robot on wheels? Nothing is less certain, according to the dot Architects agency which signed in 2017 the renovation of a traditional house in Beijing (China) on behalf of a company specializing in high technologies. Their tour de force? Combine home automation and respect for the existing, without falling into the cliché.

At the origin of this house which is both traditional and anchored in the present - not to say the future -, an order formulated by a company specializing in high technologies with the agency dot Architects. Their request? Transforming a residential pavilion in a historic district of Beijing into accommodation adapted to the daily practices of young people. Understand: a setting that is both comfortable and practical, conducive to working from home, allowing friends and colleagues to be invited.

To meet these specifications, the designers first set about restoring its superb appearance to this old wooden structure, topped with a roof covered with traditional wavy tiles, opening onto the courtyard and whose plan boils down to a simple rectangular base volume. The ceiling and partitions in very poor condition were therefore removed, revealing in passing a rather pleasant surface and above all a sublime traditional framework. On the layout side, two wooden boxes fixed on rails offer the possibility of modulating the space: in day mode, they can be attached to the walls to free up the space necessary for the installation of a large office. In night mode, it is possible to slide them in the middle of the room to spare the appearance of two bedrooms. In addition, a third block - fixed this one - houses a fold-away bed allowing an additional guest to have sweet dreams. Note that residents do not have to move these systems manually, since each volume can be controlled via a seemingly classic but intelligent television screen, which also controls lighting, curtains, security alarms and more. even household appliances.

Avant-garde, the Baitasi House of the Future is also so thanks to its kitchen and its toilets grouped together in a separate block, located in the courtyard and designed using the Wikihouse system, open-source software dedicated to the construction of dwelling. A preferred option for its speed of execution - the volume was manufactured digitally - and for its lower impact on the site. Proof that the individual architecture of tomorrow can be both smart and measured, no offense to Disney and its House of the future, film released in 1999 in which the main character, all concrete blocks and plaster, manhandles its occupants ...

To learn more, visit the Dot Architects website

Photographs: Wu Qingshan

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