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people's architecture office: pao pido office in beijing
oct 17, 2012
people's architecture office: pao pido office in beijing


‘PAO PIDO office’ by people’s architecture office, beijing, china
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chinese practice people’s architecture office and people’s industrial design office have completed their new studio which occupies
the northeast corner of a courtyard house in beijing, next to the forbidden city. the north office features an eight millimeter steel
frame shelving structure hovering over the entire length of the space, supported at the window and at the opposing wall. the space
frame system holds two rows of L-shaped shelves which simply slide into place. the 1.4 by 4.5 meter table underneath is supported
by a similar thin-rod truss with only four legs and give a light spacious work area.

 

 

the west office contains a diamond-shaped bookshelf system, also using slender metal bars with folded plates placed into the wire frame.
the construct follows the contours of the outer partitions and roof to cover the entire wall. a tetris table compliments the storage
installation with individual and unique components that can be separated to make individual surface or combined into one long
conference table.

 

 

a narrow courtyard connects the offices to the kitchen, clad with a brick veneer to save space. a simple one-centimeter wide steel
groove is placed every ten rows of masonry to allow vegetation to latch on and eventually cover the entire facade. 

 

 


the north office
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bookshelf runs the length of the room
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work table for the north office
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the west office
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diamond-shaped shelves eliminate the need for bookends
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tables arranged in an individual configuration
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image © people’s architecture office

 

 


image © people’s architecture office

 

 


(left) bookshelf covers the entire wall
(right) tables arranged into a single long conference table
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interlocking ‘tetris’ table
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kitchen area
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green wall in courtyard
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installing the bookshelf system through the window
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metal truss bookshelf is structurally strong enough to hold heavy loads
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perspective

 



floor plan / level 0
1. north office
2. print room
3. courtyard
4. coffee lounge
5. model room
6. kitchen
7. restroom
8. storage

 

 

project info:

 

design:people’s architecture office and people’s industrial design office
client:people’s architecture office and people’s industrial design office
location:qihelou south alley, yard no. 8, dong cheng district, beijing
building area: 75 m2
principals:he zhe, james shen, zang feng

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