北京衔古筑新 融合“传统与现代”的住宅


KiKi ARCHi has completed a house in Beijing that blends tradition with modernity. It combines the owner’s classical collection hobby with the design concept that conforms to the contemporary lifestyle. By replanning and adjusting the structure, layout, daylight, and material texture of the house, it demonstrates the ‘sense of ritual’ and ‘inclusiveness’ in life, as well as the balance between space and display design.

▼项目概览,overall of the project © 湛影工作室


The biggest challenge for KiKi ARCHi was what to do with the house owner’s collection of Golden Nanmu (Phoebe zhennan) wood furniture which was the ‘main character’ of the house. As we all know, Nanmu was a popular architectural and furniture material for the imperial family in Ming and Qing dynasties, used in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. In the designer’s opinion, when confronted with Golden Nanmu furniture, the limited living space will be ‘flooded’ immediately. In addition, its classical style, size, and traditional decoration will also bring a sense of disharmony to modern life.

▼改造前,before renovation ©KiKi建筑设计事务所


The house consists of a garden terrace, a basement and 2 floors above ground with an attic. The first floor where the owner stays for the longest time in daily life is the key design part. It includes the hallway, dining room, kitchen, tea room, outdoor courtyard, etc. The theme of the design is ‘Coexistence of Nanmu and Modern Life’. The tone, light and texture are taken as the entry point to balance the relationship between nanmu furniture and the environment. The three colors of black, white and gray are used in large quantities, corresponding to the scenes of ‘traditional’, ‘modern’ and ‘transition’ respectively.

▼整个住宅涵盖了前后庭院、地下1层及地上3层空间,the house consists of a garden terrace, a basement and 2 floors above ground with an attic © 湛影工作室

▼露台与庭院,terrace and courtyard © 湛影工作室


Entering the hallway, the designer created the concept of a ‘patio’ by adjusting the structure. The original washroom above was removed to create a 5-meters high space while bringing light from the second floor to the first floor. On the side leading to the living hall, the black-framed glass sliding door serves as a transitional element to open the upcoming dark scene. The grey terrazzo floor plays the role of connecting with the outdoors, and the white arc-deco wall softens the light and shadow to create a sense of rhythm, echoing the wall cabinet and sliding door.

▼玄关,entrance © 湛影工作室

▼玄关引入“天井”概念,patio at the entrance area © 湛影工作室

▼由客厅看玄关,viewing the entrance from the living room © 湛影工作室


The dark scene living hall gives a solemn feeling. Its form originates from the ‘central room’ in traditional Chinese architecture. The golden Nanmu long table and the calligraphy work on the wall present the classical charm. One interesting thing is that the couch on the side breaks the stable layout and the symmetry in the traditional aesthetic, conveying a relaxed feeling closer to modern life.

▼客厅,the living room © 湛影工作室

▼深色的厅堂给人以肃穆、庄重的感受,the dark scene living hall gives a solemn feeling © 湛影工作室

▼古朴楠木家具与现代空间氛围共存,ancient nanmu furniture coexists with modern space © 湛影工作室


The dining room next to the living hall returns to a bright tone. Custom-made table, chairs and side cabinet, using a simple and modern form to highlight the characteristics of golden Nanmu wood. In particular, the built-in side cabinet becomes a part of the space structure, weakening the sense of volume and appearing more delicate. The kitchen on the opposite side, connected to the garden terrace, adopts a gray tone as its style. All functions and operation areas are set up against the wall, The hanging shelving not only satisfies storage but also maximizes the circulation of light and air.

▼与院落相通的半开放式的厨房,the kitchen connected to the garden terrace © 湛影工作室

▼厨房内部,interior of the kitchen © 湛影工作室


The glass room located at the end of the first floor, which is attached to the garden terrace, is the owner’s favorite tea room. It is made of an aluminum roof and glass partition, emphasizing the sense of floating and extension. The display design creates a contrast between virtual and real, where the concept of time seems to disappear and a spiritual dialogue takes its place. The landscape set off by the white wall looks like a four seasons screen. The minimalist garden terrace has a sunken platform and an external stairway that connected the basement. The renovation makes the outdoor environment more layering. The grounds, steps and walls are all unified in a white background, responding to modernism. As an attached space, this tea room and garden terrace fully interpret a kind of freedom.

▼与庭院相连的玻璃屋茶室,the glass tea room is attached to the garden terrace © 湛影工作室


The staircase hall leading to the upper floor is designed with floating steps and a one-piece handrail. The surrounding white arc-deco wall creates a sense of wrapping, like a gentle white passage, paving a quiet and warm atmosphere for more private rest areas such as the study room and bedroom. It is worth mentioning that the attic, which used to be difficult to use, has been transformed into a small space for meditating, playing the zither, and incensing, expressing the purely spiritual world.

▼楼梯间,staircase © 湛影工作室

▼楼梯间细部,details of the staircase © 湛影工作室


It is recorded in ancient Chinese books that golden Nanmu is a fine and sturdy material with special texture and silky luster, emitting delicate fragrance and being very elegant. It is similar to a well-designed house — the coherent design logic creates a stable ‘inner part’, while the exquisite display presents a beautiful ‘exterior part’, which carries a lovely life for a long time together.

▼阁楼被改造为用于冥想、抚琴、品香的小型休息室,the attic was converted into a small lounge for meditation, playing the piano and smelling incense © 湛影工作室

▼地下层平面图,B1 plan ©KiKi建筑设计事务所

▼一层平面图,F1 plan ©KiKi建筑设计事务所

▼二层平面图,F2 plan ©KiKi建筑设计事务所

▼阁楼平面图,loft plan ©KiKi建筑设计事务所

▼改造前后局部剖面图,section before vs. after renovation ©KiKi建筑设计事务所

设计周期:2021.07.01 – 2021.12.01
施工周期:2021.12.01 – 2022.12.01
材料与品牌:微水泥-意大利Gobbetto(高钡特) / 地砖-Terrazzo / 吊顶-铝板 / 橱柜-TJM 日本全屋定制

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