Caochang Hutong Installation, 'I was here'

© XU Cheng

'I was here' is Crossboundaries contribution to a larger series of installations in the Caochang Hutong area, 'Real Existence', which opened on September 27.

'I was here' focuses on your relationship with 'home', emphasizing the interaction of people, space and time. Devised as an immersive exploration within a courtyard house where no one person will have the same experience. In the past, hutong court yard houses shared some spaces of 'home' out of necessity. Today people urge for more defined private spaces. In the near future the need for more agile homes will lead to actively shared living spaces.

Mirrored Path
Installation Themes

'I was here' challenges you to make the space your own and reflect on your place and role in this living space, led by a mirrored path that blurs boundaries and redefines private and public space. It introduces three themes - 'find', 'attract' and 'layer' - to guide you through the experience. Find: Your place in the given environment. Attract: How you influence the space. Layer: The accumulative memory you leave.

© XU Cheng
© XU Cheng
© XU Cheng
© XU Cheng

'I was here' follows the earlier renovation of this courtyard by Crossboundaries, part of a greater programme in the 4th and 5th Caochang Hutong area initiated by Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD). Crossboundaries, having successfully completed the renovation, were selected as one of 6 studios for this exhibition 'Real Existence', sponsored by Tianjie Group and BIAD as part of Beijing Design Week 2016.

© XU Cheng

Where: 28 Caochang Hutong 5th Alley, Dongcheng

When: continues until October 7

Time: 9.30am - 6pm

Sponsor: Tianjie Group, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

Architect: BIAD International Studio / Crossboundaries

Partner in charge: Binke Lenhardt, DONG Hao

Team: GAO Yang, Cynthia Cui, TAN Kebin, HAO Hongyi, Mini Liu, Natalie Bennett,  Sidonie Kade, YAN Yiwen

Photographer:XU Cheng

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Cite: "Caochang Hutong Installation, 'I was here'" 13 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© XU Cheng


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