Vector Architects refurbishes house in Chinese port
Photos: Chen Hao
Located in Beijiao, a village in China’s Fujian province, this one-family residence has been renovated, enlarged, and given a barrel-vaulted roof encloses a new multipurpose living area with views of the sea. A work of the Beijing firm founded by Gong Dong, Vector Architects, for twenty years Captain’s House – as it is called – suffered from the humidity and corrosion wrought by the sea environment, which deteriorated the building’s structure. The intervention began with structural reinforcement, adding a 12-centimeter layer of concrete to the original brick walls. The added thickness made it possible to reconfigure the interior spaces while providing the structural resistance necessary for a third floor to be built. To keep rainwater from sliding down the facade and into the house, concrete frames prominently mark the windows. The voids they create inside are filled with shelves, desks, and other fitted furniture.
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