People's Architecture Office has built a home that makes elegant use of limited space in Beijing's Changchun Jie hutong. The house, built using People's Architecture Office's prefab 'Plugin' panels, is a stark and austere unit that dramatically stands out from the other densely packed living spaces in the hutong.
Hutongs are historic neighborhoods in northern Chinese cities, particularly Beijing. The neighborhoods sprung up in the spaces between courtyard residences, with the walls of these courtyards forming the borders of the neighborhoods. As China's urban centers have densified in the 20th and 21st centuries, these hutongs have become tightly packed with clever living spaces.
The prefab Plugin system used for the new hutong house was ideal for the client. Looking for an affordable way to move closer to her office, the Plugin panels offered cheap construction costs while also maximizing useful space in limited environs.