The renovation of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing is an experiment in achieving maximum space and flexibility with minimal resources. An abandoned warehouse has been transformed into a low cost, low maintenance, but highly efficient and adaptive space which multi tasks as educational, conference and exhibition facilities as well as an event venue. The flexibility of the space is achieved through a series of custom designed mobile partitions and mobile furniture.
Six 3m X 3m partitions each on 3 wheels can divide the multi-functional space into different spatial layouts, accommodating different number of users and activity requirements. Six movable furniture 2.4m in width and 1.8m in height can provide storage for 150 chairs as well as book shelves and locker for students and researchers. They can also act as secondary space dividers. The back of these movable furniture has cork surface for presentation pin-ups.