The project is located in a narrow base between XiHai east corridor and Deshengmen Inner Avenue, the homeowner hoped to renovate this land into a space with a kind of Beijing Hutong cultural characteristics, while meeting a series of contemporary mixed-use features.
META-Project combed through existing structures before conducting a detailed renovation and in- tervention. By forming a“three-step-courtyard “in a special sense, the courtyard has created a spatial experience with multiple levels and a rhythm between void and concrete.And by carefully constructed volcanic rock, catalpa wood and tube tile, it has introduced into the courtyard a feel as if walking in the alley with rich material experiences. In order to continue the daily hutong courtyard experience into the interior space, “golden brick” flooring and grey brick walling were introduced together with dark-colored wood grid screen defining a fluidized space. Also, different “windows” have become the “transformer” linking and mutually penetrating inside and the external environ- ment. Ongoing dialogue between the exterior city and the interior intends to find and elaborate a Beijing hutong life in contemporary qualities.