Adolf Loos说：“ 我们只要求建筑师一件事情：在建造的每样东西中展现得体。”
Location: CBD, Beijing
Program: Art studio
Xi Studio, a cultural organization that advocates for the cultivation of traditional Chinese culture, is in an office tower in the bustling CBD in Beijing. It stands out as an arcadia that is isolated from the secularity of the world outside. The architect tries to add partitions between the interior experience and exterior forms to respond to different uses of the space in a subtly controlled and appropriate approach.
The organization and division of spaces maximized the possibility and flexibility to allow different activities as well as the most fundamental requirements on internal operations. The biggest challenge is to create a transparent view, or to say, to blur the definition on physical partitions and floor height. The architect managed to extend the perception of the space by playing with materials and lights.
The translucent glass wall that stands parallel to the curtain wall cut off the space from the exterior while filtering the natural light from the outside. With the semi-transparent or semi-luminous material, the glass walls also function as a calm background that brings out the displayed products. The blurring sense of enclosure strengthened the permeability between the spaces.
The architect tries to create a homogeneous brightness through the lighting design. The depression caused by the floor height is relieved by the diffusion of hidden lights all over the ceiling (including the exposed pipelines), which shrouded entire space under the skylight and weakened the perception of the ceiling as well as the floor. At the same time, booms for the suspended ceiling were minimized to highlight the lightness and elegance of the space; large cantilevered forms were adopted to enhance the idea of floating.
The architect is opposed to rigid styles or any deliberate fabrication of new styles. Tradition should not be confused with superficial forms, and the modernity that we’ve been pursuing should be a continuation rather than a brand-new start from the fragmented tradition.
Adolf Loos once said, “I only require one thing of an architect: that he displays propriety in everything he builds.”