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Sleeping Lab - Arch, Beijing, China by Atelier d'More

Project name:
Sleeping Lab - Arch
Architecture firm:
Atelier d'More
Beijing, China
Atelier d'More
Principal architect:
Le Sheng, Wei Wang
Design team:
Yanrong Wei, Yan Chen, Fei Yan,Yupeng Xu(intern)
Built area:
249 m²
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Atelier d’More
Concrete, Wood, Glass
Sleeping Lab
Hospitality › Hotel

The project is located in Huangmuchang Village on the outskirts of Beijing. It is a two-story brick-concrete building, originally used as residence and office. Atelier d’More was commissioned to renovate this run-down building into a boutique hotel.

The architectural intention of creating a landscape

Given the lack of scenery in the surrounding environment, the designers decided to create an inward view and to create an interesting private garden, which led to the idea of the enclosed courtyard space. Only a few viewing frames are opened on the south wall. In addition to the blue sky and white clouds, the chaos and noise are isolated by the wall. The large glass windows of the building actively introduce the scenery and light into the building, which becomes a part of the indoor space experience.

The rectangular courtyard of 100 square meters is divided into several small, semi-enclosed courtyards in order to create an inner courtyard environment. Each courtyard will have a small tree as its protagonist (since completed in winter, the tree has not yet been planted), providing an organic connection between the courtyards. A series of interactions between the tearoom, guest rooms, and the courtyard are created under the multi-level space.

Free flow

The architectural design language and the interior is based on a quarter arc, which flows freely in the space with a rigorous attitude and increases the tension of the building by means of geometric composition. The outward extension of the building block, on the facade, is close to nature in a flowing posture, bringing the distance between architecture, nature, and people closer together. The white facade makes the building abstract and sculptural. Through the rendering of white material, the boundary between the wall and the top is blurred. The flowing space and natural light blend together to bring people a pure experience in an imaginative space.

Assembling “Toy”

All of the furniture in this project was designed by Atelier d’More. In fact, the design team has been engaged in designing assembled, prefabricated furniture for many years, differing greatly from the manufacturing industry. The traditional industry automation process develops slowly, and the concept of furniture assembly is equivalent to turning on automatic gears for construction, where the clients can even operate it themselves. The design team approaches furniture assembly as a big toy, turning boring construction work into a game, in which both workers and clients can participate. Most of the interior decorations can be assembled on-site with prefabricated components. The application of this design method is very meaningful for low-cost construction projects.

About Atelier d'More

Atelier d'More was founded in Shanghai in 2015 as a research-based design firm with innovation and practice at its core. The scope of the firm's work covers architecture, interior, and landscape design. The studio is committed to breaking traditional design aesthetics on the basis of architectural logic, creating surprises in each space through innovative and poetic expression. Atelier d'More always maintains a spirit of self-criticism in the design process, paying attention to the real needs of space in order to create unique design works that are rich in humanities and conform to actual demands.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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