Housing with a Mission Beijing [CN]

Housing prices in Chinese cities are rising. Due to the strong increase, less people can afford to buy property. Especially the population group of young graduates with low income is affected. To help this and develop new concepts for high-quality affordable housing in China the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) has initiated a matchmaking program. This program aims to match Dutch architecture expertise with international community projects and shows that architecture can play an important role in formulating solutions to widespread global problems and help to build a more sustainable future.

Five Dutch and five Chinese architects were selected to collaborate and share ideas how to create a better living environment with good conditions in small housing units. Starting out with an urban scheme as base, each individual architecture office designed one of 10 buildings within this plan.

KCAP’s housing block, building 10, is located at one of the corners of the site. It provides residential units of 14 and 21 m2 for singles and couples as well as social spaces to be used by the entire community. Instead of being located on one floor, these spaces have been distributed across the whole building, combined with the circulation. This allows for a very efficient plan while providing relatively airy spaces that can be used in multiple ways. Being part of the air-conditioned zones of the building, they become a public extension to the private unit and cater the Chinese need for community in a unique way.

Client Vanke, Beijing
Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), Rotterdam (initiator matchmaking)
Program Building 10 with 2.100 m2 residential space in 73 units and 1.400 m2 commercial space within masterplan for 10 buildings with 26.700 m2 of which 17.000 m2 residential space and 9700 m2 retail, public space, parking
Time 2011 - present
Role Architect, masterplan development
Matchmaking team NO.9 Studio, CAFA, Beijing (building 01), URBANUS, Shenzhen (building 02), Arons en Gelauff, Amsterdam (building 03), NODE, Shenzhen (building 04), Standardarchitecture, Beijing (building 05), O-office Architects, Guangzhou (building 06), NL Architects, Amsterdam (building 07), NEXT Architects, Amsterdam (building 08), BARCODE Architects, Rotterdam (building 09), KCAP Architects&Planners (building 10 and masterplan development)