Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu Mini Utopia Residential House
Mini Utopia Residential House is Bronze Design Award winner in 2018 - 2019 Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Category.
Mini Utopia Residential House

The living room was retained to the greatest extent. 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. 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.

Mini Utopia Residential House
Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu Mini Utopia
Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu Residential House
Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu design
Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu design
Yingfan Zhang & Xiaojun Bu

Yingfan Zhang, received her Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union – Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, her Master of Architecture in Urban Design form Harvard University. Her theoretical research focuses intensively on the interdisciplinary nature of Silk Road culture heritage and its impact on architecture. Her ongoing research explores the architecture and urbanism of rural China that initiates parts of the Silk Road. Prior to starting Atelier Alter, She worked for Atelier Raimund Abraham and RMJM North America. Her portfolio includes Qujing History Museum, BIT Sports Center, Islamic Office Complex, and so on. She is the award recipient for Excellent Designer of 2014 from China Interior Designer Golden League, CV Starr Scholar, Academic Excellence Award from AIA Brooklyn chapter, AIA/AAF Scholarship for First Professional Degree, Megan Lawrence Award and Honor Member of Golden Key Intl Honor Society. Xiaojun Bu, received his Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University, his Master of Architecture II from Harvard University and is a licensed architect in the State of New York. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional since 2009. His working experience includes SOM New York, and Standardarchitecture. His practice focuses upon the connection between parametric and construction. His portfolio includes Senior Center of Guangxi, Xinglong Visitor Center, Yangzhou Science Center, and so on. He is the recipient for Zhongguancun Pioneer Award for High-Tech Entrepreneurship in 2012, Excellent Designer of 2014 from China Interior Designer Golden League, Outstanding Award of Liang Sicheng Cup and Academic Excellence Award from Tsinghua University.

Atelier Alter

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.