Office Project Architects transformed a former Industrial factory in Beijing into a home studio for artist Xu Hongquan
Lately the interior design industry has been able to convert simple buildings into remarkable design projects with minimalist, modern looks. Studio Office Project is one of them, these extremely talented architects from China managed to revolutionize a humble, former factory in Beijing into an impressive home studio for the calligraphy artist, Xu Hongquan.
White has been this year’s favorite color in the world of interior design but we never thought a factory could look so refreshed in this pallet. Inside this six-meter high structure is a blank canvas for the artist to display his work, an authentic art gallery covered in white walls, a sloping roof and stepped windows all over the place.
The client, Xu Hongquan, who practices both eastern and western art techniques, was lucky enough to experience the transformation of this so called “Hall within Cloud” building. This home studio is a journey within paradise. The walls, ceiling and existing truss roof structure are all painted in white to create a stunning bright gallery. Even the building’s outer brick walls.
A new steel roof lifts on one side to create a two-store block for the artist’s home, while the galleries and a tearoom occupy the other side of the building.
Between the existing wall and the new roof, there are stepped windows to bring plenty of natural light into the open gallery space. The architects hope that, when it rains, the roof will cause water to sprinkle into the front yard.
“We imagine that in the rain raindrops will fall on the slow and steep roof, and then gently sprinkle on the yard.”
As the roof flattens, the windows progress into a thick band to offer the artist views to the outside from his master bedroom and study. Project Office architects confirmed that Mr. Xu Hongquan is thinking about moving the bedroom and study room to the second floor, so he can admire the impressive scenario outside.
The uniqueness on this home studio is that visitors are able to move from one gallery to another while visiting different areas. Besides, a small opening in the new upper floor offers the artist views from his bedroom into the galleries, simply incredible.