Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO – Trace Architecture Office

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Architects: TAO – Trace Architecture Office
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Hua Li
Design Team: Hua Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
Area: 430 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

© SHU He

Located in an aeronautical factory on North 3rd Ring of Beijing, the existing warehouse is a three bay 36 meter deep concrete structure, with 4 meter high space in first two bays and 7.8 meter space in last bay. The key issue of design is to preserve the full height space for work area by inserting a mezzanine floor in 4 meter high space, creating extra work area on top and storage space underneath it. The contrast between very low space on mezzanine and very high space of main area generates a spatial tension.  A niche underneath the cantilevered floor functions as the model displays. The original facade is demolished and changed into full height glazing to reveal the inserted white volume of intervention. The lounge room, as a new element, is projected out from facade and turned into a showcase.

© SHU He

While the major materials used for new elements are steel plate, frost glass, white gypsum board wall and vinyl floor to create abstraction of pure volume, the original material of existing elements such as concrete, steel and wood is re-exposed by removing the paint so as to emphasize its tectonic. Thus a strong contrast is created between the abstraction of new element and heavy textured existing structure.

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Cite: "Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO – Trace Architecture Office" 11 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Croco Dile

    Good quality design.

  • eQ

    the corner of that white element on top of the reception is at the “smash your head” onto it height (true story)