micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
all images courtesy of standardarchitecture unless credited otherwise

 

 

 

contributing to the long-term renovation projects for the hutong district dashilar, the ‘micro-hutong’ is a building experiment by chinese architect zhang ke of standardarchitecture. presented at beijing design week 2013. installed on yang-mei-zhu street in the city’s dashilar district, the premise behind its development is a result of a broader initiative to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of beijing.

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
the project contributes to the long-term renovation projects within the hutong district

 

 

 

a hutong is considered a long narrow alley way or street that join siheyuan — larger courtyard houses occupied by important, high-ranking government officials — and are characteristic, and most commonly associated with the chinese capital, beijing. from a historical urban planning perspective, and the way residential areas were organized, a hutong was an indication of social class, typically used by the lowest administrative levels.

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
the scheme is part of a broader initiative to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing

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a window brings natural light inside the small dwelling

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
a ladder leads inhabitants to an upper level of the plan

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the new structure is arranged around the existing architecture

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
looking upwards at the stacked volumes

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
standardarchitecture’s ‘micro hutong’ under construction

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an aerial view of the site

micro hutong by standardarchitecture at beijing design week
zhang ke of standardarchitecture
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