Mini Utopia Residential House by Yingfan Zhang and Xiaojun Bu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Mini Utopia

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential House

INSPIRATION:
The interior design of this project revolves around two questions: what kind of design best reflects the characters and values of contemporary Chinese families and how such design could serve to better satisfy the special needs of current families.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Space for storage and space for human activity are divided by a continuous wooden wall. While outside the wooden wall is a storage cabinet, inside the wooden wall is the human space. Every single room in the house is provided with sufficient amount of storage space.Sharp edges are removed from the wooden walls in order to create a continuous curved vertical surface so that children would have greater amount of activity space without having the fear of potentially injured by sharp wall corners.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
In our remodeling, the living room was retained to the greatest extent. We removed the common side table and put additional countertops along windowsill and on top of cabinets to further maximize the amount of area available for both the parents and children and for family activities. Parent's room and children's room are linearly arranged, and interconnected with a corridor, which further functions as children's zone with magnetic white drawing board anchored along the side walls to allow children to play, learn and draw under the close supervision of the parents.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2016 in Beijing and finished in October 2017 in Beijing.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In our remodeling, the living room was retained to the greatest extent. We removed the common side table and put additional countertops along windowsill and on top of cabinets to further maximize the amount of area available for both the parents and children and for family activities. Parent's room and children's room are linearly arranged, and interconnected with a corridor. Additionally, the spaces below stairs and the steps themselves would also function as storage space and that the wooden floor is also designed to be lifted to properly accommodate in-ground storage.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
we have added 200mm and 250mm high seating space on top of the typical 450mm seating height onto both the seating along the windowsill and near the sofa area to allow children to sit and play comfortably.

TAGS:
interior, residential, architecture, living room, Wood, home, house, children, Chinese family, storage

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
In today's globalized world, similar home-like designs are being developed on a daily basis. The lifestyle of each family is strongly related and strongly revolved around its own family structure. We believe that by focusing and taking the time to understand a family's structure and lifestyle, we would be able to come up with more unique solutions and differentiated designs that could truly serve to satisfy a family's needs.

CHALLENGE:
The spaces below stairs and the steps themselves would also function as storage space and that the wooden floor is also designed to be lifted to properly accommodate in-ground storage.

ADDED DATE:
2018-05-25 06:36:58

TEAM MEMBERS (8) :
Chief Designer:Xiaojun Bu, Chief Designer:Yingfan Zhang, Zhenwei Li, Tongwei Liu, Waitek Chan, Lidong Song, Jiahe Zhang and Xueyun Da

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Xiaojun Bu, Living Room, 2017.
Image #2: Photographer Xiaojun Bu, Corridor, 2017.
Image #3: Photographer Xiaojun Bu, Kids Room, 2017.
Image #4: Photographer Xiaojun Bu, Master Bedroom, 2017.
Image #5: Photographer Xiaojun Bu, Dinning Room, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Atelier Alter

PROFILE:
Founded in 2009, Atelier Alter is a pioneering inter-disciplinary practice based in New York and Beijing. Noted for designing from critical analysis of the site, Atelier Alter has been recognized by numerous awards, including SARA National Award of Excellence2016, IDOL Gold Prize 2016 & 2014, 2013 Awards by Lighting Design Weekly, 2010 Excellence in Architecture Design of Fujian, etc. Atelier Alter focuses intensely upon culture facilities ever since the beginning of the practice. Atelier Alter wan the competitions to build Qujing Culture Center in 2009, by transferring the metaphysical context of the site into an artistic yet tangible urban space of historic remembrance. The Senior Culture Center won by Atelier Alter in 2010 and completed in 2014, exploded the typological transformation of bamboo bungalow into public facility. Projects by Atelier Alter have been published and featured by press of different parts of the world, including Domus, WA, A+A, Russian Design Hub, I’Arca International, Cooper Publishing, HKPIP, il Nuovo Cantiere, Landscape Design, Archdaily, Designboom, among others. Besides culture projects, the portfolio of Atelier Alter ranges from small scale furniture design to educational facilities and large urban scale projects. Whether it is architecture, landscape or urban project, the works of Atelier Alter strive for manifesting ideas that speak about humanity, ideas offering critic rather than imitation.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Mini Utopia Residential House by Yingfan Zhang and Xiaojun Bu is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Mini Utopia Residential House by Yingfan Zhang and Xiaojun Bu is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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