Baochao Hutong Invisible Yard by Daga Architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Baochao Hutong

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Invisible Yard

INSPIRATION:
Mirror glass is used on the ground and walls of the yard. The unique reflectivity of the material allows the surrounding hutongs, trees, and sky to be reflected on the ground of the yard, which brings more possibilities to space. This kind of interaction between virtual and reality is more prominent. People in the scene, people also in the mirror, in the layered reflection and transparent contrast, give people a sense of space experience like a dream.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This courtyard is located in the Beijing Hutong area with an area of 12 sqm. Mirror glass is used on the ground and walls of the yard. When the owner steps into the door, she will be surrounded by the perspective effect of specular reflection, which increases the permeability of the space and gives people a double landscape experience. The unique reflectivity of the mirror allows the surrounding hutongs, trees, and sky to be reflected on the ground of the yard, which brings more possibilities to space.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The design of the mirror gives the building an interesting relationship with its surroundings: the mirrored ground reflects the surrounding environment, and the building is surrounded by trees and sky as if it disappears in the environment. The owner can take a glimpse of the changes in the surrounding environment in the room, and the ground turns into a huge picture, reflecting and changes in nature. At the same time, the mirror also blurs the boundaries of internal and external, blurring the boundary between virtual and real. The scene flowing in the mirror made the yard move, refreshing people's hearts with invisible poetry. People's sight seems to be lost in the unreachable landscape, and the scenery reflected in the mirror is close at hand.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 15th 2020 and finished in June 29th 2020 in Beijing, took only 14 days.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Mirror glass is mainly used for the ground and wall part of the yard. The unique reflectivity of the material can make the surrounding hutongs, trees and sky map to the ground of the yard, bringing more possibilities to the space. Since the small courtyard is only about 12 ㎡ with a long and narrow shape. The glass mirrors of the ground and walls enlarge the area of the courtyard visually. When the owner steps into the door, she will be surrounded by the perspective effect of specular reflection. In the transformation, the dis-repaired wooden structure has been strengthened, and the facade has been changed into the form of glass curtain wall. The transparent curtain wall added day-lighting to the interior space, allowing the line of sight to penetrate each other on both sides of the courtyard.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 7750mm x Depth 13400mm x Height 240mm Since this is an L-shape project, the floor area is the result of 7750mm x 13400mm minor the result of 4670mm x 6820mm.

TAGS:
Architecture, Renovation, Interior Design, Courtyard, Transparent, DAGA

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Type of Research: Applied research practice Research Objectives: To explore a design language in a house renovation project in Hutong to bring back memories and histories and connect people and buildings through creating new contrast and integration between people, house and the Hutong community. Methodology: The core construction method is to use mirror. Mirror glass is used on the ground and walls of the yard in order to accept the environment (hutongs, trees, and sky) into the house. This allows to create and kaleidoscope which means a collection of Greek words such as KALOS (beautiful), EIDOS (shape), and SCOPE (watch) Data Collection and Research Tools: Data are obtained from client and remeasured. Kaleidoscope is an essential concept for this house. Using mirror and black bricks allows us to express the design concept: reflecting and transparentizing surrounding spaces and local community environments. Participants or Experiments: DAGA Architects and the client. Results, Insights and Impacts: A living space suitable for the modern lifestyle has been created, and the life marks of those hutongs that have been awaken. This 'invisible yard' has positively impacted a client and a local hutong community. Most of the buildings in Hutong are old and dilapidated. This house with light and mirror brings new modern features and create new identity, refreshing local residents' memories and history. Effect of the Research in Real-Life Phenomena: Effect of the research in real life phenomena : Renovating a house in a plot does not mean fixing one architectural building in a community. It needs to be connected with local residents, visitors, and people living around that area. Using mirrors and the existing bricks, this building is naturally placed in the hutong area. The spaces are connected through visibility, lights, and unique materials in Hutong.

CHALLENGE:
The courtyard is really small and narrow with a square of 12㎡, in order to make it visually spacious, mirror glass is used on the ground and walls of the yard. The unique reflectivity of the material allows the surrounding hutongs, trees, and sky to be reflected on the ground of the yard, which brings more possibilities to space. This kind of interaction between virtual and reality is more prominent. People in the scene, people also in the mirror, in the layered reflection and transparent contrast, give people a sense of space experience like a dream.

ADDED DATE:
2021-02-05 08:22:24

TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Design Director: Shen Jianghai, Interior Designer: Li Shaoyi , Decoration Designer: Yu Xiaoyu, Designer: Gao Yuze, Designer: Zeng Yijun and Designer; Liu Yu

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Jin Weiqi, Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, 2020.
Image #2 : Photographer Jin Weiqi, Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, 2020.
Image #3 : Photographer Jin Weiqi, Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, 2020.
Image #4 : Photographer Jin Weiqi, Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, 2020.
Image #5 : Photographer Jin Weiqi, Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, 2020.

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
DAGA Architects

PROFILE:
DAGA Architects were focused on urban renewal design and have extensive experience in Co-working Space design. Founded in Beijing in 2015, it was co-founded by Shen Jianghai, an architect who worked at the famous Zaha Hadid Architects in the UK, and Ren Xiaowei, Xu Yunfei and Huang Da. The founders of DAGA Architects have good work experience of top international architecture and interior design firms, participate in many landmark projects, they have an international vision, and be familiar with Parametric Design and manufacturing processes. As a pioneer and practitioner in the field of “urban renewal”, DAGA Architects participates extensively in architecture design, interior design, urban planning, and landscape design services, providing international standard design quality, focusing on creativity and detail, track and implement the project on a full-time basis. The design and construction integration project have been spread over many places in China and abroad, and has been widely recognized by domestic and foreign industry and media.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Baochao Hutong Invisible Yard by Daga Architects is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Baochao Hutong Invisible Yard by Daga Architects is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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