Micro Hutong

Designed by ZAO in Beijing, Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements.

ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
The goal of this project, a 30 sqm hostel, is to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of Beijing.
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
The result is an architectural operation that brings back the courtyard as a generator of the program, as it activates the building by creating a direct relationship with its urban context. Apart from enhancing the flow of air and light, the courtyard creates a direct relationship between the living space contained in the dynamic volumes and an urban vestibule in the front part of the building.
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
This flexible urban living room acts as a transition zone from the private rooms to the street, while serving as a semi-public space to be used by both the inhabitants of the hostel and the neighbors of the community.
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
ZAO/standardarchitecture, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2016
Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements.

Micro Hutong, Beijing
Program: hostel
Architect: ZAO/standardarchitecture
Design Team: Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming, Huang Tanyu, Ao Ikegami.
Area:  30 sqm
Completion: 2016

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