Client: URBANUS / BENTU
Project Location: B1, No.77 Meishuguan Back Street, 77 Culture Park, Dongcheng District, Beijing,China
Element: Cultural Activity Space
Building Area: 186.94 ㎡
Design Brand: Infinity Mind
Furniture,Fixtures and Equipment: BENTU
Photograph: Xia Zhi
Located in the former site of Beijing offset printing factory, E6·Bentu One is an interior renovation project of a rectangular underground space of 11m×14m. E6·Bentu One is a joint project of BNETU and URBANUS, a cross-over brand focuses on material experiments and an architectural institution focuses on contemporary urban reality in China, and is planed to be a space that can host various kind of cultural activities.
There was a grid-system of the column structure occupying the center of the site and obstructing spatial flow. As hosting activities or events requires open space, how to reduce the volume of the Space Before redesign. Image Courtesy of URBAN US column structure became the first problem to solve.
Minimalism comes against abstract expressionism. As the excavation of the very nature of materials, minimalism coincides with the idea behind a series of concrete products BENTU designs, which possesses an enlightening temperament that a space to undertake cultural activities really need.
The space is enclosed by fair-faced concrete slabs of 3 meters in height, giving a sense of calm, and by controlling the vertical scale, activity area is clearly defined. Floor and movable concrete module stands are unified under the same color, while each connecting part between columns, walls, ceiling, beams and walls was painted into white. This approach defines architecture from the perspective of spatial feeling instead of constructional logic, as the uniform hue blurs the boundary and dispels the strong existence of columns.
The rectangular concrete bar is perpendicular to a quarter of a short side, dividing the service area from activity area; the slender concrete pendant lamps hanging in line above form an inverted colonnade and once again emphasize the spatial change
In activity area, the modular concrete stands of two sizes are embedded with square wooden cabinets and convenient to mix and match for different types of events with the small wheels installed. They can be dispersedly placed for a open and free space or placed around the concrete columns to string the continuous clues in space and enrich spatial experience.
Considering the poor lighting condition in underground space, light well in the corner is retained to bring in sunlight. The fair-faced concreteof light toneand the white painted ceiling haverevived this visually depressed space, meanwhile, the sharp shadow left by the natural light on the fair-faced concrete adds up impressive visual detail.