Location South fourth Floor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Design Date 2006
Completed Date 2006
Gross Built Area 100m2
Studio 122 is located on the first floor of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning with three rooms. The net height under the interior beam is only 3.5m and the height under the board is 4.0m.
As an architectural studio, the space atmosphere and shape interest are important design objectives. Because of small area, many users, special environment and limited funds, design freedom is difficult to achieve.
The restriction of area forced us to think of vertical strategy -- setting attic space. We utilized the principle of flow space in a vertical way: the attic floor doesn’t occupy all the space, setting apart double height space in many places, using indoor space to form entrance, attic and ground three elevation. The spaces therefore produced vertical flow of interest.
In order to solve the traffic problem, we connected the attic on both sides with a "bridge", which enhanced the activity of the central space while realizing the spatial connection, and added a sense of layers in the limited depth of the building. The "bridge" connects two lofts while creating a "see and be seen" space.
Horizontally, we rotated the attic coordinate system by 15 degrees to create a second grid system. This "non-standard" coordinate system is in conflict with the "standard" coordinate system defined by four walls and beams, resulting in visual tension, which leads to the interest of the space. The upper and lower space flows, the rotation of the plane -- "freedom" is reflected in the motion.