A house, as Le Corbusier characterized as a “machine for living in”, is not only a device we use to live but also a utilitarian product. In essence, it is a restful, convenient, and useful existence that accommodates any number of people. Ingratiating yourself with it during the process is not necessary; instead, just enjoy the services it provides.
▼室内概览，overview of the interior space ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
This is a private apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan owned by a girl who leads a solitary life. She is keen on baking, coffee, and dancing, and has a lot of clothes and shoes. The house thus includes a large storage room and a fully functional cloakroom. As a teleworker, she hopes to keep dancing as her hobby and exercise at the habit at home. She cooks occasionally and prefer Chinese cuisine. She likes to make coffee for guests, and often holds parties at home, so the dining room is an important social space. She prefers to live in a simple, relaxing, and natural environment where she can have comfortable get-togethers with friends, grow flowers and plants on the terrace for appreciation and uplifting the spirit. In the summer, she would like to have smoke-free barbecues on the balcony and a private bathtub to reflect on life in the bath. She also needs cabinets and bookshelves with high storage capacity and an absolutely open public space to ensure that she can read a book over a great coffee time anywhere in the house. An extremely quiet bedroom is also indispensable so that she can sleep well without lighting after busy work despite her insomnia.
▼改造后，开放的起居空间，open living space after renovation ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
The original layout of the apartment is a common slab-type two-bedroom house, which can meet the basic living conditions but cannot satisfy the housing needs of the homeowner.
The house is ill-lighted with blocked views, the functional areas arranged in a straight line, and the kitchen area too small and occluded to interact with visitors.
Under the single layout, a series of requirements of the homeowner including dancing, roasting, drinking coffee, working, socializing cannot be met, nor can it meet the functional needs of storing books and clothing.
The master bedroom is located outside the main area, facing the street outdoors, with the noisy environment, traffic at night, and various lighting, which are negative factors for the owner who has trouble falling asleep. At the same time, sleeping facing the street has an adverse effect on her sense of security.
The bathroom is too poky and located in the inner part of the house, so it is naturally impossible for the girl to take a bath in an extremely comfortable, safe, and fresh environment.
The house has a large terrace (within the blue frame in the left figure) that seems to meet the needs of customers for growing plants, outdoor gatherings, and leisure, but the entire terrace area is actually completely separated from the indoor space, let alone the organic combination of indoor and outdoor. The area within the red frame on the right figure is allowed for expansion by the property company.
▼露台与扩建，terrace and extension ©谢秉恒
Transform the originally closed commercial apartment with two bedrooms and one living room into a recreational residence with wide-open space, abundant lighting, and diversified landscape for singles.
Open the master bedroom as a multifunctional room and incorporate it into the public area to make the space open and well-ventilated.
The original living room is changed into a social kitchen, meeting the owner’s needs for drinking coffee and throwing parties, as well as dancing and working in the multifunctional room.
The space of the original toilet is reduced, with only the functions of washing and excretions retained, so as to form an independent toilet room.
Expand the original second bedroom, move the sleeping area to the inner side, away from the street outside, in ways to create a quieter and more secure sleeping environment.
▼拓展区域，extension area ©谢秉恒
Broaden the original building boundary, extend the living room, bathroom, cloakroom, and other facilities to the terrace and link it with the interior, so as to free up the interior space, and make the original functions more complete. Set up landscape areas on the east and south sides of the house respectively. Place the bathroom, multifunctional area, bedroom, and cloakroom around the south landscape area; the living room, multifunctional area, and bathroom around the east landscape area. In this way, the original one-way pattern is changed to two-way, enabling the indoor and outdoor to be organically combined to strike an echoing relationship. The field of vision is also wide.
▼空间对话关系，space relationship ©谢秉恒
公共区域 | Public area
Entering the house from the entryway, one can find that the original living room is changed to a western-style kitchen + dining room, making echoing possible in multiple scenes. The dining room is connected to the living room on one side, and the multifunctional area where the owner can work, dance, and rest on the other side, and extends outward to the viewing deck.
the dining space connected to the living room and the multifunctional area ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
Looking back at the entrance from the dining room, it is observed that the entryway and the Chinese-style kitchen are located on both sides, and meanwhile connected to facilitate walking straightly; the combination of the dining room and the western-style kitchen is to satisfy the owners’ hobbies such as baking and making coffee, and also function as a social kitchen; The storage cabinet in front of the kitchen is a supplement to the storage space. A sliding door, concealed behind the cabinet, can close the whole kitchen after being pulled out. The owner favors cooking Sichuan dishes, so a separate compartment is set up to keep oil and smoke within the kitchen. The dining room has a broad view, facing east the living room and terrace, which allows the owner to communicate with friends while preparing refreshments during parties;
▼看向入口玄关，view of the entrance ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
Directly in front of the dining room is the south landscape area, so the windows ahead form the viewfinder of the south landscape area. When using the kitchen at home alone, the owner can look at the distant landscape while drinking coffee rather than feeling alone by herself in a closed space.
▼多功能区，the multifunctional area ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
The internal layout of the multifunctional area is arranged in double rows, with a workbench on the left and a bookshelf on the right, which meets the needs of both working and huge volume of book storage. The middle position is set aside for doing workouts and dancing. With echoing relationships set up between the multifunctional area and the dining room, and the entryway glimpsed from the far end, the bookshelf and the entryway present as two “Wood Boxes”, thus constituting a structural tensile force. The bookshelf adopts a horizontal and vertical plate occlusal production method, which is wide horizontally and narrows vertically to highlight the sense of strength.
▼多功能区的书架，bookshelf of the multifunctional area ©季光
Putting a single sofa in the multifunctional room, the owner can take a rest and enjoy the reading time.
view of the multifunctional room through the sliding door ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼多功能室，the multifunctional room ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼窗户正对东侧景观区，the window facing the east landscape area ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
Whether it is working overtime, resting, reading, or dancing, the owner can always be surrounded by the landscape on both sides, gaining a touch of relaxation and zest. The conversion area set behind the multifunctional room leads to the toilet room and the master bedroom. The window in front of the wall-mounted desk has an appropriate proportion, allowing a proper amount of light to be cast into the room. The front of the window is facing the east landscape area directly so that the window forms a second viewfinder. Sitting on a chair, one can just look outdoors through the viewfinder. With the amount of light and the size of sight controlled, the range of sight line is compressed while allowing the eyes to focus on a more diverse scene.
the window with an appropriate proportion ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼书桌细部，details of the desk ©季光
There are two built-in sliding doors hidden, usually behind the cabinet, and the area can be used as a compartment when pulled out. The front of the sliding door is wood veneer, and the back a mirror, thereby forming an independent dance studio. The G-shaped handle is customized for the sliding door. Compared with the rebounder and rebound handle in the door, the G-shaped handle ensures that the sliding door can be pulled in one step without extra actions.
the G-shaped handle customized for the sliding door ©季光
餐厅 | Dining
The arrangement of the dining room is the core of the whole house, like a heart to a body, with wide space and broad vision; it faces east the living room, and ahead of the south landscape area; the vegetation of the opposite landscape area can be observed over the oven; the transparent acrylic table legs are matched with a whole log, a simple and special scene with a mysterious sense of suspension.
▼开放餐厅，the open dining room ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
The west side of the dining room is adjacent to the entrance conversion area, and the multifunctional area is in front of it for echoing. There is a versatile western-style kitchen behind it to meet the needs of the owners for baking and making coffee.
▼餐厅细部，details of the open dining room ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
In the styling, concaves are used instead of convexes, the lines in interior space made clean and tidy as much as possible, unnecessary protrusions and material conversion are reduced. Only under the premise of ensuring a tidy and relaxed interior can the spatial echoing between the interior and the exterior be highlighted.
▼橱柜细部，details of the cabinet 左图©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川，右图©季光
玄关&厨房 | Entry&Kitchen
The whole entryway is made of wooden boxes and intersects with the cabinets of the western-style kitchen. The left side of the entryway is a row of storage cabinets with one roof.
▼玄关，the whole entryway ©季光
There is a shoe-changing stool on the right side of the entryway, above which a small window opens to allow the entryway to echo with the kitchen. The entryway and the kitchen are seated side by side so that the light from the kitchen can be projected into the dim entryway, as the two support and accomplish each other. The Chinese-style kitchen is designed to be simple, easy to use, and functional.
▼厨房，the kitchen ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼玄关小窗，small window of the entryway ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
起居室 | Living Room
Taking advantage of the original gap between indoor and outdoor, two steps are set up for the living room to create a sense of ritual for “stepping up”. The wooden box on the side of the sofa has high storage capacity, and the root of the wall adopts the method of seam slippage, with the concave replaced by the convex to maintain the consistency of the lines.
▼起居室，the living room ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼两级台阶营造仪式感，two steps creating a sense of ritual ©季光
马桶间 | Toilet
The space of the original toilet is reduced, with only the functions of washing and excretions retained, so as to form an independent toilet room. Compared with the traditional integrated wet and dry bathroom, an independent toilet satisfies the owner’s demand and is more convenient for guests to use. A small window is opened on the wall behind the toilet, which allows lights from the living balcony, and the open compartment on the side facilitates access to items.
Artificial stone integrated basin and wall-mounted faucet are used to keep the whole space clean and orderly; at the same time, a powerful mirror cabinet is installed on the wall. The seams between the flooring of the toilet room and the outdoor aisle floor are hidden under the centerline of the door, and the flooring is spliced with 1mm dividers.
卧室 | Bedroom
The bedroom facing the street is moved to a more inner area to ensure that the bedroom is protected from noises and light so that the owner can sleep well with psychological security; meanwhile, the bedroom is equipped with a versatile cloakroom and a spacious bathroom. The steps at the end of the bed lead to the passage to the bathroom and the cloakroom respectively.
▼卧室，the bedroom ©季光
Stepping up is a cloakroom with ample storage on one side, and a walkway leading to the bathroom on the other side.
▼卧室台阶，steps of the bedroom ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
走廊 | Corridor
A hidden sliding door is used as a partition between the master bedroom and the corridor. A peaceful and safe sleep in darkness can be ensured by merely closing the sliding door and the curtains in the cloakroom. Open the partition door, the corridor is in sight, and in the distance is a hidden bathroom. Lying on the bed, one can also see the sight, and catch a glimpse of the outdoor landscape through the corridor or the window of the cloakroom. The vision is wide and abundant.
▼走廊可见户外的景观，view of the outdoor landscape from the corridor ©季光
The corridor is facing the bathtub in the bathroom, with glass partitions on both sides. The indoor lounge can be seen on the left and the landscape on the right as if it is a landscape corridor in the garden.
▼走廊两侧为玻璃隔断，the corridor with glass partitions on both sides ©季光
The sliding door adopts a linear rail to keep the top surface clean and smooth.
a hidden sliding door between the master bedroom and the corridor ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
▼拉门细部，details of the sliding door ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
浴室 | RestRoom
A fine view is essential for guaranteeing the pleasure of taking a bath. That’s why the echoing between the bathroom and the landscape is emphasized. The bathtub area is placed at the junction of the two landscape areas. Behind the bathtub is an outdoor walkway, which is adjacent to the east and south landscape areas. Such a layout can lift one’s mood and dissolve any depression.
▼浴室与景观对话，echoing between the bathroom and the landscape ©季光
The bathtub and shower flooring are made of anti-fouling acrylic, which is anti-bacterial and easy to be cleaned.
▼浴室细部，details of the bathroom ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
After relaxing in the bathroom, one can turn back through the corridor and walk slowly back to the bedroom in the corridor surrounded by the landscape.
▼景观走廊，the corridor surrounded by the landscape ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
户外 | OutDoor
From the living room to the outdoors, the outdoor walls are all made of ancient teak wood, which is corrosion-resistant and delivers a historical feeling. The floor material is made of bamboo steel, a native material of Sichuan, which has both the toughness of bamboo and the rigidity of steel. There is a path leading to the south landscape area. The path is adjacent to the window of the desk. Walking on the path will pass through the east landscape area and the bathroom.
▼从户外看浴池，the outdoor view of the restroom ©形在空间摄影 Here Space 贺川
Turning around is the south landscape area. Branches of the grapefruit tree of the neighbor next door grow, and cracks of light filter through the branches on the ground, creating mottled light and shade effects; thus, the indoor and outdoor are connected in an echoing relationship, meanwhile satisfying the owner’s love for plants.
▼景观小径，landscape path ©季光
▼改造前平面，plan before renovation ©谢秉恒
▼改造后平面，plan after renovation ©谢秉恒
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