Micro Hutong in Beijing by ZAO/standardarchitecture


Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan

The goal of this project, a 30 sqm hostel, is to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of Beijing.

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan

The result is an architectural operation that brings back the courtyard as a generator of the program, as it activates the building by creating a direct relationship with its urban context.

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan

Apart from enhancing the flow of air and light, the courtyard creates a direct relationship between the living space contained in the dynamic volumes and an urban vestibule in the front part of the building.

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan

This flexible urban living room acts as a transition zone from the private rooms to the street, while serving as a semi-public space to be used by both the inhabitants of the hostel and the neighbors of the community.

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wang Ziling

Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements. Source by ZAO/standardarchitecture

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architects: ZAO/standardarchitecture
  • Project Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming
  • Project Team: Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming, Huang Tanyu, Ao Ikegami, Dai Haifei
  • Building Area: 30 sqm
  • Photographs: Wu Qingshan, Wang Ziling, Courtesy of ZAO/standardarchitecture

Micro Hutong in Beijing

Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wang Ziling
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan
Micro Hutong in Beijing
Photo © Wu Qingshan

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