MAD architects: 'hutong bubble 32', beijing MAD architects: 'hutong bubble 32', beijing
aug 23, 2009

MAD architects: 'hutong bubble 32', beijing

MAD architects: ‘hutong bubble 32’, beijing image © fang zhenning / courtesy MAD architects

 

 

 

old beijing is composed of hutongs, alleys of communal courtyard homes. MAD architects has suggested a type of new urban lifestyle by inserting the modern architectural structure ‘hutong bubble 32’ into a traditional hutong building. ‘hutong bubble 32’ includes a bathroom since residents of hutongs usually have limited space with no indoor bathroom, and includes a staircase to the roof garden. taking the shape of a bubble, it is attached to the wooden column and brick structure of the old building.

the bubble latching onto the side of the old hutong buildingimage © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

the bubble’s reflective surface image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

the walk-out to the rooftop gardenimage © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

stairwell to the rooftop gardenimage © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © shuhe courtesy MAD architects

image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © fang zhenning courtesy MAD architects

image © shuhe courtesy MAD architects

image © shuhe courtesy MAD architects

image courtesy MAD architects

plan courtesy MAD architects plancourtesy MAD architects

  • a fashion is consumable it’s not ever lasting.

    AA says:
  • design is part of consumption

    coco says:
  • we dont design for eternal. only time can tell of an object’s existence.

    all things fade, what remains is the idea.

    This celebrates idea.

    space fragments says:
  • It’s a toilet! 🙂
    (the function will stay useful)

    michael says:
  • GReat! you can feel like inside the toilet!! :D:D I think is great people be able to expend lot of money to build a the ever toilet ever designed, and it show us every little project is a great oportunity for thinkers and developing architecture.

    artefacto says:
  • the end of the “hutong Blues”

    A Bernhardt says:
  • can’t you see?
    you just can’t use those toillets if your a men… I mean you must seat and when it’s done (carefull …) you must keep your head down and i don’t want to discribe more of the usual WC moves in this corner.

    Fran says:
  • This bubble reminds me of Ron Arad’s Bodyguard sculptures!

    [url=http://www.yatzer.com/1598_ron_arad-_new_work_at_timothy_taylor_gallery] Ron Arad @ Yatzer.com [/url]

    costas voyatzis says:
  • Totally out of place!

    faustina says:
  • i like the concept as well as the reflective surface… what is the material?

    poonam says:
  • Best MAD project yet! Great job Ma!

    dang says:
  • There is alway WOW project and SHIT project. All the rest you have no words or not bothered to comment. This is one of them.

    Li Rui says:
  • ma yansong always lack of the taste, so when his idea is not so big, his design is poor for sure

    mad again says:

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