WONDER HOUSE by Xigo Studio living while having fun

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WONDER HOUSE by Xigo Studio living while having fun


A Beijing apartment that is spacious with its 133 square meters, but characterized by an impractical and confusing floor plan and poor lighting: these are the basic elements from which Liu Yangfounder of the Xigo Studiocome to WONDER HOUSE. As the title clearly indicates, this is a project that aims to amaze, to create a sense of wonder.
A results the team achieves using a wide register of means. First, the spaces were reconfigured: the living room was moved and became the central public space of the whole house, connected to all other areas. This is the core of the designer’s strategy focused on the spatial planning of previously dispersed and isolated functional areas, allowing the entire reconfigured apartment to offer efficient and rational lines of movement, as well as to benefit from relatively homogeneous natural light. Three arches define the boundary between the core of the house and the transition area, consisting of a curved corridor.
The figurative concept of the house somewhat follows the motto of “faces”, as we see if we search for the #iseefaces hashtag on social media. As Liu Yang explains: it is “a house designed for children. With an entertaining design full of fantasy, it brings surprises in every corner of the house. Picasso once said he wanted to “paint like a child”, and the “facial figure” has long been repeatedly used as the object of painting by modern masters, and is also represented in contemporary entertainment by familiar archetypes such as robots, Pac-Man and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The symbolic nature of the face gives people a more childlike, joyful and friendly feeling.”

It is therefore no coincidence that the abstract anthropomorphic “faces” are integrated into the daily lives of the family members, as if we were in a story, with a particular focus on the children’s room. The design of the children’s room takes into account the family structure and future changes. The bottom bunk is a 1.5 m double bed, where the auntie can stay and keep the child company while he sleeps and grows. Here, a curtain in front of the mouth-shaped opening makes it possible to control the amount of privacy. The upper bunk is instead designed to accommodate a possible future second child. The position of the upper bed corresponds to the eyelid of the face: children can “open and close the eyelid”, which creates an interesting interaction with the outside of the room. A solution that is not only about fun for the children, but also communicates the users’ state: with the eyelids open, the users are active, while when the eyelids are closed, it indicates that the users are in a state of rest is
Xigo Studio’s attention to detail is not limited to people, but also includes the family cat, as we can see in the bathroom, built on the curved wall along the corridor. A solution that shortened the distance between family members arriving from all directions. Since the cat is one of the family members, its hygiene has of course also been taken into account. The cat room is integrated into the bathroom cabinet under the sink and serves as a litter box and cat food dispenser. An air exchange system was also added to meet the basic hygiene needs of both humans and pets.
Xigo Studio’s WONDERHUIS is an excellent example of how the different needs of all family members can be combined in a efficient and entertaining manner. Because if life in itself is already serious, the designers offer an original interior design that brings smiles to all the house’s inhabitants, including the cat.

Christiane Burklein

Project: Xigo Studio
Location: Beijing, China
Year: 2022
Images: Li Ming

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