The word “YONG” means rampart and high-wall. The tall modern residence is adjacent to Beijing alleys of Ming and Qing dynasties; the height differences create a remarkable view of the landscape. The relationship between old and new buildings is fragmented, or it can be continuous and overlapping. We start the project with the surrounding environment, create a modern dwelling by changing the layout and materials, while also exploring the connection between the “present” and the “past”.
▼客厅望向窗外，Overlook outside from living room © 立明
The project revolves around the concept of “bring the scenery inside”, which is intended to highlight the unique view. Overlooking from the window, it completes the dialogue between “present” and “past” in space-time.
▼温润柔和的室内空间，Interior of living room © 立明
The window in living room provides a gorgeous view. In order to highlight the spectacular outdoor scenery, we use low beam and wrapped by dark wood veneer to create an elongated framed effect, giving the space a sense of scenario and extension.
▼起居室长窗视野，Living room view © 立明
The balcony conceals storage space and foldable bed for the needs of temporary accommodation of family and friends.
Distinguished from the other materials inside the house, the wood veneer at the balcony creates a gray space between “inside” and “outside”, forming a quiet and spiritual place.
▼暗藏收纳与床位，Conceals storage and bed © 立明
▼客厅一角，Interior detailed view © 立明
The open kitchen is placed between balcony and living room. The dark paneling and continued wooden finish form a whole that is simple and classic. The island with mediaeval style adds storage space to the kitchen, also make dining and kitchen area be independent in the openness.
▼厨房，Kitchen © 立明
▼开放中独立的餐厨区，Kitchen-dining area © 立明
▼楼层轴测，Axon – floors © 辰境设计
To optimize the spatial layout, the orientation of the living room is adjusted from east-west to north-south, forming a “living room axis” with depth nearly 11 meters. The concept of horizontal axis narrows the distance with old architectures in time, as well as responds to the layout plan of ancient city and living complex in space; strengthening the connection with the “past”. Therefore, the spatial division is more concise, with reception, leisure, dining and other functions.
▼横向“客厅中轴线” Horizontal living room axis © 立明
▼用线灯指引流线，Light strip guide circulation© 立明
Vertically, from the window to the entryway, the height rises in turn through the ground-platform-stair. The residents move through diverse scenes along the “axis”, gain multi-level visual experience with the change of height and materials.
▼空间随着地面-地台-楼梯逐步升高，Height rises in turn through the Ground-Platform-Stair © 立明
Upon entering the entrance, the spiral staircase absorbs the most attention. We design the staircase as a whole, the shell is thin and light, spiral coiled, the color of the shell surface is creamy white, the growth pattern radiates out from the umbilicus of the shell, the shape like a giant ”Nautilus”.
▼楼梯呈螺旋形盘卷，the spiral coiled staircase © 立明
▼俯瞰楼梯，Aerial view © 立明
The stainless-steel ornaments behind “Nautilus” are symbolizing water droplets, slowly converge upward in a weightless state and merge together at the top. The curved stainless steel and ultra-white glass reflect and filter the light, creating unpredictable and subtle changes in the space as the light differs.
▼光影变幻的楼梯间，Staircase with light and shadow © 立明
▼光影变幻的楼梯间 Staircase with light and shadow © 立明
The staircase continues the uniformity of the finishes throughout the space and creates a rhythmical change for the interior through its distinctive shape, adding architectural atmosphere and interest to the space.
Looking staircase from entryway © 立明
Art handle installed on cabinet door © 立明
At the interior, a large area of light-colored art paints with ambient lights decorates the entire space, abandon the unnecessary excessive ornaments, it presents a more inclusive and homey feeling. As the sun rises and sets outside the window, you will find inner peace and feel healing in the busy city.
We change the original orientation of bedroom for better daylighting and visual experience, the view is getting extended infinitely. Sitting in front of the window, watch the seasons change and appreciate the beauty of nature.
▼卧室，Bedroom © 立明
▼卧室望向窗外，Overlook by window © 立明
The bedroom has wooden dresser instead of nightstand. By the installation of organized storage system, it makes convenience for residents in daily life.
▼床头容纳梳妆台和储物功能，The bedside combines dressing table and storage © 立明
▼浅色艺术涂料使空间朴素、宁静，Bedroom with light-colored art paint © 立明
The bathroom uses waterproof material to form the wall, roof and ground as a whole. Different light sources brighten the space and enrich the visual perception.
▼墙顶地一体的卫生间，Bathroom © 立明
Through the design and manifest of space, color, and material, “YONG House” is not only a living space that connects “present” and “past”, but also a real embodiment of life.
▼一层平面图，Plan 1F © 辰境设计
▼二层平面图，Plan 2F © 辰境设计