hong-kong based studio, AaaM architects, has created a ‘periscope playground’ in the baitasi hutong during beijing design week 2017. commissioned by world architecture magazine china, the installation seeks to create a ‘new neighborhood’ within the often overlooked district of beijing.

AaaM Architects beijing design week
a ‘merry-go-around’ of periscopes in the courtyard provides a dynamic place within the neighborhood

 

 

the architects developed a ‘public playground’ concept by superimposing a ‘merry-go-around’ of periscopes in the courtyard. viewers can peer through the periscopes at different heights, engaging in an experiential dialogue with the site. the installation invites residents of the neighborhood to view their home from different perspectives, creating a new sense of interaction and play.

AaaM Architects beijing design week
viewers can peer through the periscopes at different heights

AaaM Architects beijing design week
the installation invites residents of the neighborhood to view their home from different perspectives

AaaM Architects beijing design week
the project creates a new space of interaction and play

AaaM Architects beijing design week
the project was commissioned by world architecture magazine for beijing design week

AaaM Architects beijing design week
the architects hope to create a ‘new neighborhood’ within the district

AaaM Architects beijing design week
the new installation creates a social space for gathering within the hutong

AaaM Architects beijing design week
diagram demonstrating new views from the project

 

 

BJDW beijing design week 2017 offers an expansive overview of china’s transforming design landscape, while serving as a laboratory for innovative perspectives from industry and academia that inspire and shape contemporary design discourse and practice. beijing design week has come to represent a critical moment of encounter for design professionals and the public to take part in a multifaceted urban storytelling, with a variegated set of interventions around dozens of the city’s iconic areas, districts, cultural and commercial venues.

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