Tuesday, 12 May 2009

MAD's Hutong Bubble 32

Hutong Bubble 32 neighbourhood

Completed in year 2oo8, Hutong Bubble 32 is a renovation job on a 130 sqm plot and one of the measure taken by MAD Studio to introduce new spaces for the wealthy to live while maintaining the current neighbourhoods next door to these new comers in Hutong, central of Beijing, China. By inserting modern interventions into the historic poor neighbourhoods of Hutong, they will be able to minimize the tearing down of old buildings and preserved the living culture of Hutong as well.
Hutong Bubble 32 exterior 1Hutong Bubble 32 exterior 2
'The Hutongs are historic poor neighbourhoods of central Beijing. Though the Hutongs delight tourists, life for the residents is hard: they have limited private space, and no indoor shower or toilet. At the same time as these residents are being re-housed on the outskirts of the city by the government, their historic homes are being occupied by the rich, whilst property developers tear down the old buildings and recreate them in ersatz form.

Rather than allow the Hutongs to become historical theme parks, we propose a more forward looking solution. We will insert super modern interventions into the fabric of the Hutongs, either to provide new private facilities (showers, toilets, playrooms) for the current residents; or to create new spaces for the wealthy to live next door.
Our proposal will mix current and future lifestyles into the historic fabric. 2050 Hutongs will value the lives of the people who live in the buildings, rather than just the buildings themselves.'
- MAD Ltd.
Hutong Bubble 32 interior 1Hutong Bubble 32 interior 2
Hutong Bubble 32 detail 1Hutong Bubble 32 detail 2
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