ZAO / standardarchitecture has completed a hostel inside a renovated beijing hutong that measures just 30 square meters. the project continues the firm’s interest in this typology — typical to the chinese capital — after previously designing a ‘co-living courtyard’ and a library and gallery space. for this scheme, as with the studio’s earlier work, the brief was to explore the potential of small scale social housing within the city’s traditional architecture. 



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the hostel is located inside a renovated hutong in beijing / all images by wu qingshan

 

 

guests enter the hostel through a transitional space, a semi-public area conceived by ZAO / standardarchitecture as an ‘urban vestibule’ that can be used by inhabitants and the wider community. behind, in the more private part of the scheme, extruded volumes with floor-to-ceiling glazing project outwards into a centrally positioned courtyard. these two-storey units, which have been constructed using board formed concrete, are illuminated from above via skylights.

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the living units are found at the rear of the scheme

 

 

in addition to enhancing the flow of air and light, the courtyard also creates a direct relationship between the various living spaces and the entrance building — which acts as a transitional zone between the private rooms and the street. ‘the result is an architectural operation that brings back the courtyard as a generator of the program, as it activates the building by creating a direct relationship with its urban context,’ explains ZAO / standardarchitecture.

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the extruded volumes, with floor-to-ceiling glazing, project outwards

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the entire project measures just 30 square meters

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the new interventions have been made from board formed concrete

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the two-storey hostel rooms are illuminated from above

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guests enter the hostel through a semi-public transitional space

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the ‘urban vestibule’ can be used by both inhabitants of the hostel and the wider community

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the micro hutong viewed from the passing street

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angled skylights help illuminate the compact interiors

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the project explores the potential of small scale social housing

 

 

project info:

 

architect: ZAO/standardarchitecture
project architects: zhang ke, zhang mingming
design team: zhang ke, zhang mingming, huang tanyu, ao ikegami, dai haifei
location: beijing, china
building area: 30 sqm

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