Sunlight into the glass - renovation of the administrative office building of Huijia International School, Beijing / WHY
The exchange of light and space in time
This project is the transformation of the administrative office building of the Beijing Huijia International School Campus. The design team completed the transformation of the project through the three themes of office building construction, peripheral wall redesign and interior design, creating a comfortable and high-quality office space for the school administration.
the administrative office building had problems of insufficient space and the internal space couldn‘t meet the requirements of good office conditions. The design team modified the existing situation through space expansion according to functional use requirements and added volume volume of the office building as well as the surrounding wall design. And the interior space design three propositions to transform and optimize the existing space, through the use of different levels of glass and the corresponding building materials to promote the exchange of light and space, to create a comfortable quality office space for the school administrative office.
First of all, the addition of the office building volume continues the overall simple, clear and elegant style of the campus. The added volume uses a certain orderly shift to protect the trees in the site and form an interesting courtyard space within the surrounding walls. At the same time, several roof gardens and outdoor terraces are formed to provide outdoor space and an outdoor connection to several major building spaces.
The original wall was built of hollow concrete blocks, and did not form a good interaction with the sequential movement of the first floor of the administrative office building. The physical features of the building as a whole were greatly weakened and three separate and connected courtyards were formed inside the wall as a result of the movement of the building volumes. The “solid” wall completely blocks the “interaction” between the courtyard and the first floor of the building. and therefore requires the new outer wall to be built on the basis of its basic maintenance function and to minimize the sheltering of the administrative building volume.
The design team retained the material and structure of the original wall, but the construction method of dislocation and spacing was used to form a “soft” wall with some transparency, and the courtyard within the wall is embedded in the steel frame so that inside and outside the wall have good sight and landscape communication, and can further enlarge the main building features of the administrative building. The implementation of the frame is based on two kinds, one is the empty window frame view, and the other is the glass-brick, so that the language of light through the glass brick has a very good transition,through the glass -brick mottled light reflected on the courtyard,adding to the charm of the courtyard.
The exterior fa?ade of some buildings will continue to be the overall coloring style of the original building. The same color ceramic terracotta board will be used for hanging, and the west side fa?ade will be made of glass curtain wall to expand the lighting surface while ensuring the line of sight with the west side court. In the daytime, the light creates a rich ‘light and shadow’ change through the glass curtain wall, so that the exterior of the building forms a rhythmic color and lines, and the interior light forms a good interaction with the interior space through the glass curtain wall.
The office building adds a number of outdoor terraces to provide outdoor living space and outdoor connection to several major building spaces. The structure of the roof is designed to sink 400mm, so that the indoor and outdoor balcony elevations are consistent after the roofing method is completed, and the interior and roof terraces can be leveled in and out.
The interior design section continues the overall simple, modern, bright and natural design style of Huijia International School. Mainly through the use of wood grain finishes, wood floors, carpets, glass, stone and other materials and the selection of furniture and lamps in the corresponding areas,To complete the nterior design of main sections such as stairwells, lounge areas, public office areas, meeting rooms, principal offices and conference rooms. The entire design and design part includes 3 principal offices, 13 meeting rooms, and 1 conference room, which can occupy 100 employees at the same time;
It is worth mentioning that the interior design of the basement of the administrative building office is used as a function of the dance classroom. The design team chooses to keep the clear concrete wall exposed by the original wall structure of the building, which highlights the simple and modern interior.