Capsule Hotel and Bookstore in Village Qinglongwu is located in the deep forests of Tonglu in Zhejiang province. It was an old house of wood structure and mud walls, covering an area of 232 sqm and a height of 7.2 meters. Atelier tao+c redesigned and regenerated this old building by inserting a capsule hotel that can accommodate 20 people, a community bookstore and library.
The architects made restrained openings on the exterior wall to maintain the original simplicity of the building. The original floors and partition walls were removed, opened the ground floor for library, placed two independent “floating” structure above the open spaces, which will be used separately for male and female guests. Each of the male and female “buildings” is equipped with ten capsule rooms and one bathroom. The modular capsule rooms are hidden and enclosed by bookshelves, giving more privacy to the accommodation area. At the same time, the staggering floor slabs formed a few “double-height” spaces in the accommodation areas,it is also where people’s point of sight is above the floor height.
Given the amazing natural landscape at the east end of the building, the architect cut the whole gable wall on this side and embedded a transparent structure of wooden frames and corrugated polycarbonate panels, introducing the green of the mountains and forests into the interior. At twilight, the whole building is illuminated by the light from the indoor, and the building itself becomes a light house, offering a slice of warmth to the calmness of the night.
The project was to remodel a 1930s’ lane house. The design team dealt with a discreet surgical approach, cutting a slim opening in the center of house, reminds one of the typical narrow light shaft in those small southern traditional houses. Carefully preserving and exposing parts of the wooden structure, balancing the relation between old and new. The project evokes a sense of southern Chinese vernacular dwelling with modern architectural language.
Instead of adding more space, the architects took an opposite approach- cutting a slim opening from ground floor to roof between the split and the main floors in the middle of the east side bay.By implanting such a light shaft, allows the celebration of air and light and also interweaves the split floors, enriches the spatial experience of domesticity.
Located in a banal shopping mall in Zhengzhou, In this project, Atelier tao+c boldly applied washed granolithic plaster as the main material for interior walls and floors.
A greyscale palette of two materials – the washed granolithic plaster juxtaposed with brushed stainless steel, one is rough and dull while the other is sterile and reflective, which formed an austere monochrome space for this two-stories men-wear select shop.
Reusing this once-popular yet forgotten material, the architects seek to evoke memories of the most dynamic and creative era and city to convey a more “local” sense of the street. Responding to the owners’ request to feature domestic fashion brands in the space and promote local young designers.
Located on the ground floor of an old garden house, it’s a U-shape room with a full-faceted semi-circular window facing the back garden.
The 42sqm room was once the ballroom of the house and then a couple lived in it for decades, eventually moved out. How to revive an original single function room to meet new need of living is a problem faced by many vacant rooms as such.
The architect inserted a huge composite piece of furniture or a micro “furniturisation” architecture into the room. The rich interface formed by the interweaving of concrete blocks absorbs the surface and plane of daily life into complex structures, thereby obtaining a looser space for activities. A 42 sqm room results with a living room in 11 sqm, kitchen and dining room in 20 sqm, a bathroom in 4 sqm, a foyer with wardrobe in 5 qm, a bedroom in 15 sqm and a study in 4 sqm.
In this project, the function of walls and floors was replaced by furniture, which became a reduced kind architectural miniature.
In the I.S.S Normandy Apartments designed by the Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec. Atelier TAO+C was commissioned to renovate a small flat on the top floor of the building. Different from the conventional organization of a home which celebrate a living room and bedroom as the main space in China, the proposal calls for the perception of space that break the usual patterns of domesticity – study room as the engine place of everyday life. React to the diagonal line of the bookshelves and the envelope of building, a small elevated attic along the corner was introduced to break down the he homogenous space of a flat level. There are many levels of reading spaces and the corners of meditating, and layers of seeing and to be seen. Surrounded by the bookshelves, a space inhabited with serenity by books, object and men was inscribed.
On the ground floor of an anonymous 80s housing, We rent a small residence and transformed it into a studio to accommodate the new function of living and working. With the growth of the studio, we rent two rooms next to former one step by step, by eliminating the walls in between the backyards, result in an elongated backyard with two glass boxes with slim frames to connect three isolated working spaces.
we seek to make light touch and adjustments with humble materials, to maintain flexibility of interior space and grow along with the pattern of neighborhood, to shed light on the spatial strangeness found within mundane housing typologies. The process of making, take form from inside and grow to the fabric of building, suggested a mode of dwelling and working in tune with the modern condition of changeability and transparency.
Shine Moda is tailor-made bridal brand based in Shanghai, we are invited to design their first flagship store.
The project aims to weaken the concept of an exhibiting and shopping hall, employed the minimalist architectural language generates a strong sense of order, thereby a space with a classical atmosphere to convey a feeling of permanence and purity.evokes a sense of ritual and serene, reminiscence an image of a chapel.
It is a small shop, which specializes in traditional Cantonese dessert use lotus seeds as the main ingredient. The designer intends to recall the memories of a traditional street food stall with simple contemporary design language.
Accommodated the kitchen, bar and seating area within 20 square meters.The ceiling and wall above the datum line were painted in green，with the finish of maple plywood, creating an atmosphere of bright and fresh as the flavor of the dessert.
Atelier tao+c 西涛设计工作室是一个多元的空间设计机构，其实践涉猎建筑、室内、产品设计和设计教学等多个领域。两位主持设计师刘涛和蔡春燕对于设计抱持严谨柔和的态度，于平和细腻中寻找突破的缝隙。
自2016年创立于上海，西涛设计工作室三年以来，建成的图书馆之家、极小天井住宅、半圆厅公寓改造、SHINE MODA婚纱旗舰店、JHW精品店、青龙坞言几又乡村胶囊书店等作品，获得了2019 AD100 建筑与室内设计精英名单, INSIDE FESTIVAL 2019 提名奖、WIN Awards英国世界室内新闻奖大奖、美国室内设计杂志best of year award年度最佳提名奖、architizer a+ 建筑奖入围、DFA design for Asia award亚洲最具影响力设计奖金奖、APIDA Awards亚太室内设计奖、perspective a&d trophy 等多项国际设计大奖。多个项目被广泛刊载于国内外权威设计媒体 Wallpaper*、Dezeen、Yellowtrace、archdaily、elle décor、室内设计师、ad安邸、有方空间、谷德设计网、家居廊等。
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