by Oda Ellensdatter Solberg
Hygienic facilities for the inhabitants in urban village, Beijing
In spring semester 2011 the studio moved to Beijing to work with the chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The studio mainly worked with exhibition design of Gwangju Design Biennale, but the last five weeks we made smaller architectural projects in Caochangdi, the urban village in the Beijing outskirts where our studio was situated. One of the streets in the village had a very abrupt changing in the atmosphere at the street crossing, and the first part of the project was ab trying to analyse which types of built form and programs that made this change of street life so apparent.
The program is providing a better hygienic facilities for the people living in the village since the inhabitants rarely has bathrooms in their apartments or rooms. I also used the different qualities of the two parts of the street to find appropriate sites for the bathhouse and toilets in the village. The toilets is placed close to the living quarters and, the bathhouse in the private and quiet part. The site has a public park with a playground and card tables surrounding it, creating a less stressful space for the inhabitants to withdraw.
The house made of brick which is the most common local building method. The walls in the bathhouse works with low tech solutions, and uses masonry techniques to separate rooms without doors and filter the view from inside out and between internal walls. There is for instance possible to look out to an internal garden without seeing the rooms of the other gender.
The studio won a shared prize at the AHO Works exhibition, the prize for Excellence in the use of concrete or brickwork.
Architecture student: Oda Ellensdatter Solberg (http://cargocollective.com/oes)
University: the Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Course name: Un-named design, Spring 2011
Professor: Neven Fuchs-Mikac
Guest professor: Ai Wei Wei
Category: cultural building
submitted on 2012.06.27
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