B.L.U.E architecture studio maximizes storage space within beijing hutong
beijing-based B.L.U.E architecture studio has reshaped the interiors of a tenement house for a family of five people located in a hutong within the nanluoguxiang area. the small site —24 sqm— features an adaptable architectural plan that aims to retain the feeling of intimacy for the family of three generations.
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the architects wanted to give each member their own private space. challenged with the small site, the home explores ways in which space can be adapted for comfortable living. the dwelling focuses on the detail of making every available space usable for storage. subsequently this meant for the walls to become cupboards, tables and multi-functional elements, therefore natural light is compensated through skylights. the addition of an extra half level allows a total of three bedroom areas to be established; one upstairs; one doubling as the bed which can be lifted to increase space for the dining and living room and the courtyard-like children’s room.
wall paneling doubles as different uses in the kitchen
there is a small library located in the very center of the whole house which can be seen from all the rooms
the dining and living room doubles as a bedroom
the architects aimed for each family member to have their own private space
skylights have been used throughout to compensate for the lack of windows
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