环境布景 | Environment Background
Over 700 hundreds years ago, a 50 meters-tall giant white Pagoda with its Nepal Buddhist temple – Baitasi – was built in ancient Beijing. Ever since then this temple and pagoda have merged into the surrounding hutongs and courtyards living with religious ceremonies and activities and eventually became part of the historical context for contemporary Beijing.
This giant white volume brings dynamic magnetism into the typical hutong fabric and courtyard life and is the most important context in our design for converting a 2-story cement residential building into a hutong gallery in the Baitasi area.
▼美术馆外观，exterior view of the gallery ©夏至
修建性子 | Architectural Identity
▼美术馆俯瞰图，设有屋顶花圃，the bird-eye’s view of the gallery with the roof garden
Most of the cement residential buildings in this area were built after 1980s, when some local residents tore down courtyards to larger living area and a modern lifestyle. Cement block buildings have become a co妹妹on typology with a larger scale than courtyards in hutong fabric. A conversion from residential into a public program including a gallery and three artist residencies will host co妹妹unity exhibitions and facilitate artists living and working in Baitasi hutong area, introduce new elements to integrate with local co妹妹unity, and bring a new transforming process into the region.
▼美术馆外立面，采纳红色的外墙面，the white facade of the gallery ©夏至
▼美术馆外立面细节，采纳竖向窄窗，局部墙体被弧面宰割，facade details, the gallery uses vertical narrow windows and part of the facade is cut by curve segments ©夏至
▼美术馆入口，the entrance of the gallery ©夏至
天然界入 | Natural Intervention
▼公共与私密空间剖析图，public and private space analysis
Under the hutong preservation regulations, the building volume will remain intact, the original structure and layout will be reorganized to fit in new programs that include a double height gallery facing north, a salon and office on ground level and artist rooms above. In order to achieve sufficient light quality, a system of vertical voids is inserted into this dense block.
▼北侧的双层通高的公共展厅，the double height gallery facing north ©夏至
▼室内展厅部分，留出局部边角缝隙作为采光井，使光线渗入，partial view of the interior gallery, in order to achieve sufficient light quality, a system of vertical voids is inserted into this dense block ©夏至
▼天井空间剖析图，天然置入，the yard analysis, inserting the nature
▼透风采光措施剖析图，缝隙置入，the natural ventilation and light analysis, inserting natural gaps
Two corner yards are brought back for light and air, open to the sky and neighbor’s tree canopy, as well as reintroducing traditional the courtyard context. Skylights peeling off from the roof or floor corners are another light strategy. Both corner yards and skylights are articulated with curve segments, indicating a continuous circulation. This is also a reflection of the experience when walking in the Baitasi hutong area. The visual of the pagoda is cut on and off by hutong scale and orientation. The curve fragments of form and light in this white interior bring the memory of pagoda into the dark grey cement block.
▼角落处的天井空间，采纳弧面设计，从新引入传统的天井，the corner yards with the curve segments, reintroducing the traditional courtyard context ©夏至
▼角落处的天井空间，弧形天窗将光线引入室内，the corner yards, curve skylights introduce the natural light ©夏至
▼从天井的弧形天窗向上看，修建与四周环境中的树木相联络，looking up through the curve skylight that is open to the sky and neighbor’s tree canopy ©夏至
空间散布 | Space Organization
▼莳植屋面与屋面眼帘剖析图，analysis of the roof garden and views
▼屋顶（云朵）棚架剖析图，用于修建降温与动物用水，analysis of the cloud-like pergola on the roof that is used for building cooling and plants irrigating
The rooftop is open up as a public platform with a plant pavilion configured from vertical voids. The articulation of the plant pavilion will add in another layer into hutong skyline of cables and tree canopies.
▼屋顶花圃，以通明玻璃的方式围合出整个屋顶公共区域，the rooftop garden that is open up as a public platform with a plant pavilion configured from vertical voids ©夏至
▼屋顶花圃，室内次要墙体向上延长至屋顶，成为屋顶花圃的田埂，the rooftop garden, the main interior walls extend to the roof to form the separation at the roof space ©夏至
修建表白 | Architectural Expression
The building is a connection of historical context with future programs and will provide new possibilities into the hutong co妹妹unity life.
▼美术馆夜景，the night view of the gallery ©夏至
设计单元：徐甜甜/DnA_ Design and Architecture