WAI architecture: the housetelier
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oct 09, 2012
WAI architecture: the housetelier


‘the housetelier’ by WAI architecture, beijing, china
all courtesy of © WAI architecture

our friends at WAI architecture have developed ‘the housetelier’, a residence, work and gallery space in beijing, china,
around the corner from our designboom pop up gallery where we held a media exhibition of the venice 2012 architecture biennale.
the proposal is part of a plan to regenerate urban zones by attracting creative enterprises into the dashilar district. a micro-economy
is generated as well as a by-product of cultural and intellectual exchange from activities and events. a polycarbonate facade
projects a neutral appearance to the urban
context during the day while its translucency allows it to become activated with illumination at night.
the lantern-like exterior invites wanderers to step inside, experiencing the diverse elements contained by the building.

the diverse internal program is related to an interior hutong-style courtyard which offers enough separation to be used by three tenants
at the same time. the ground floor offers a sequence with an atelier, service space with a kitchen and bathrooms, office area and gallery
which wraps around the centralized courtyard and is visually connected across the plan through transparent enclosures. on the upper level,
a complete apartment also borders the building-height void.


ground level atelier, office and service space wrap a central courtyard


polycarbonate facade forms neutral appearance within the urban context


site plan


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


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