Hutong Filter / ZAI

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: ZAI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Design Team: Yihang Zhang
  • City: Beijing
  • Country: China
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Hutong Filter / ZAI - Windows
Northern Facade. Image Courtesy of ZAI

Text description provided by the architects. Hutong Filter seeks a balance between the walled mentality of traditional Hutongs and a more open communal lifestyle. This project employs slate and timber stud framing in a manner that is both functional and in harmony with the surrounding context. The brief was for an extra studio space and outdoor dining area. Initially, the plan was to fence off the whole plot for privacy reasons. But eventually, a more subtle solution was found.

Hutong Filter / ZAI - Facade, Beam, Deck, Garden
Porosity to Neighbors. Image Courtesy of ZAI
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Physical Model. Image Courtesy of ZAI
Hutong Filter / ZAI - Beam, Handrail
Drawing Room. Image Courtesy of ZAI

Stone shingles allow the facade to be easily pixilated to provide openings where needed.  The color of the shingles also blended easily into the surrounding context.

Hutong Filter / ZAI - Windows
Integrated Shelving. Image Courtesy of ZAI

The Stud wall system was chosen because of its ease of assembly. The noggins were extended and exposed to provide shelving for the interior and exterior spaces.

Hutong Filter / ZAI - Wood, Door, Facade, Beam
Courtyard Looking North. Image Courtesy of ZAI

All timber are hand rubbed with pure tung oil. This is a traditional technique used in Chinese shipbuilding to achieve a waterproof finish.

Hutong Filter / ZAI - Facade, Handrail
Close Up of Porous Wall. Image Courtesy of ZAI

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Address:Beijing, China

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Cite: "Hutong Filter / ZAI" 17 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Courtyard Looking North. Image Courtesy of ZAI

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