songzhuang artist village
all images courtesy of dna
a twenty unit artist residence has been built in tong zhou district by dna to meet the request of
songzhuang’s growing artist community. songzhuang is the largest and most renowned artist
population in china. while historically they were outcasted for their politically inspired work,
local developments today are being put in place to meet the alternative lifestyle patterns of this
community. artist live in their studios using it both as a place to work but also socialize with
fellow artisans. taking into consideration the daily activities of its residents, specific height
dimensions were implemented: 6 metres in height for studio rooms and 3 metres in height for
living areas. a minimalist rectangular shaped room was chosen for studio spaces while bedroom,
kitchen and bathrooms areas were built more geometrically complex.
the exterior fascade is mostly dark grey concrete with a touch of orange. these colors
are reminiscent of both the area’s industrial link.
the twenty units are organized like stacking containers, as a homage to the site’s previous
use as an industrial outdoor storage lot.