This is the Songzhuang Artists’ Residence designed by DnA in Beijing, China. Located right next to east sixth ring road of Beijing city, Songzhuang Artist Village is undergoing a dramatic expansion of artist population and increasing demand of artist’s working and living space, a 20-units artist residence facing a fishpond at a former outdoor storage lot is one of the local developments targeting such demand.
The programmatic requirement of working and living defines the height and geometry of both volumes: 6m height for working and 3m for living; a simple rectangular box for studio and a complex geometry for living indicating bedroom, kitchen and toilet. Living volume is plugged into working volume either on the same level or led by stair to upper level. Corrugated metal as exterior cladding and red brick for horizontal surfaces are used to reflect both industrial and village character.
These 20 units are regarded as containers stacking up on this former industrial outdoor storage lot, creating an expressive configuration and spatial quality. The interplay of volume and void, light and shadow allows artists and visitors to constantly explore and experiment the outdoor community space, which could be the extension of art production and presentation as well as linking these 20 units as 20 individual showrooms on open studio days.
In other words, this complex becomes an alternative museum for living art creation and exhibitions.