Xiezuo hutong is one of the most typical local residential areas in Beijing's old town. The Chinese wood-based “siheyuan” architecture is originated here. With the development of the economy, many modern activity spaces gradually emerged in this old residential area-There is a shopping center, a youth club, an art college, and a kindergarten around the Xiezuo Hutong. However, these spaces with different functions are randomly distributed and most of them don’t give too much consideration to the local elder residents, which leads to environmental incoherence and generation disconnections. In addition, some of Beijing’s typical urban issues - population density, noise, air pollution, are increasing the mental pressure of both young visitors and local elderly residents. Considering the local context, I propose to create a sensory bridge by designing some Architectural geometric elements that physically and mentally activate people’s sense of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and mind, which will connect not only scattered activity spaces with different functions but also multiple generations.
The Sensory Bridge is composed of a series of wooden square elements that run through the entire residential area. Among them, wood is a local material, and the square is the most traditional geometry in Chinese culture. This sensory bridge functionally connects the surrounding different scattered activity spaces. At the same time, it can visually guide the visitor's line of sight.
Combined with local architectural elements and culture, these square elements are transformed into spaces with different functions. The sensory bridge aims to improve people’s experience by activating people’s sense of hearing, sight, smell, and touch. At the same time, It will connect not only scattered activity spaces with different functions but also multiple generations.
Local material. Simple geometry.
Satisfy your strong demand for quiet spaces in some public places. Keep you away from the hustle and bustle of the city temporarily.
It is the extension of the local beam structure.
It is an outdoor olfactory park.
Rich on nose, good layer, clean and firm.
It is a place that can let you forget about the annoyance. It is a place that you can feel the breath of nature.
Touch your feet. Touch your hand. Touch your eyes. Touch your mind. Touch people of all ages.