This Beijing hutong has been revamped by the architecture firm FESCH Beijing. The works were carried out on the behalf of a couple (and their two cats).
The property, like many hutongs, was in a state of disrepair prior to its renovation. Thanks to FESCH’s intervention, the couple now have a modern house to call home.
The project dates back to 2016 and was dubbed “Renovation in Zayuan”. Originally, the hutong was subdivided into a number of much smaller abodes in order to accommodate several families.
In an only 19m2 space, the architect has dealt with… ensuring ventilation and lighting, reducing the uneasiness of the cramped environment.
When FESCH took on the project, they opened up the divisions to create a much larger and more flowing space. That’s not to say the fabric of the original building has been completely eradicated; the new home is a blend of old and new features.
Despite creating larger rooms, the property is still very small – it contains a total area of just 395-square-feet (36.7-square-meters), which is spread over two floors.
The first floor is concerned with the kitchen and dining area, as well as a bathroom. On the upper level there’s a living room and a bedroom.
Given that other buildings flank both sides of the house, window opportunities are limited to the front and back gables. Although, light doesn’t seem to be a problem thanks to the presence of the large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Photos © Misae Hiromatsu, Yuming Song, Daisuke Matsumoto