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Beehive Dorm, Changle, China, 2009
2011.01.17

Inspired by natural beehives which are perfect creations mathematically and structurally, BEEHIVE was conceived as a prototype for dormitories or boutique hotels. The hexagon cells are made of prefabricated steel frames and skinned with a selection of materials. Run in the hollow walls of the cells are building systems such as electrical conduits, cables, sound proofing materials and so on. Hexagon cells are stacked up in groups efficiently and according to its structural properties. Occasionally some cells are combined or omitted to make larger communal spaces or open outdoor spaces. One end of the hexagon cells are connected by horizontal and vertical circulations, the other ends is reserved for private balconies. Inside the cells, the entire volume is utilized to its full extent, taking advantage of the non parallel walls and the compact geometry. It does pose a challenge of traditional calculation of floor area though. One has to think 3 dimensionally in a BEEHIVE.

2011.01.23

The project is situated on a stretch of virgin beach by the East China Sea. The client, Netdragon Websoft Inc., one of the biggest online gaming companies of China, wanted to...

2011.01.17

The project was to design a new headquarters on a virgin beachfront site for Netdragon Websoft, one of the top online gaming companies in China. The creative nature and the...

2011.01.18

Treehouse in leaf-shape of groups of three to five, similar yet different, are scattered in between the gaps among the beach-side forest connected by an elevated pedestrian...

2011.11.19

At the virgin beach front area where Min River meets the Pacific Ocean, and adjacent to Fuzhou Changle Airport, Netdragon Websoft Company’s new headquarters building is...

Facts

2009
Changle, China
55,000
Architecture
Residential
Netdragon Websoft Inc.
Schematic Design