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Suitcase House

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EDGE Design Institute
location Beijing
function hotel, meeting room, private house
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The rectangular building might at first glance appear devoid of any furnishing or partitions but is, in fact, a fully equipped home. Apart from a pull-down metal ladder, which connects the upper level living area with the roof space, all other rooms including the lounge, dining room, study, kitchen, four bedrooms and bathrooms, storage space and sauna, are all hidden away beneath fifty hinged floor panels. These pneumatically-assisted, Yunnan-teak floorboards can be opened up and closed at will with just a tug on a pull-ring, giving endless permutations for living. When placed upright, they serve as room-dividers. When opened, a few steps downstairs leads to a completely different space. The playful design turns the usual concept of the home with fixed partitioning on its head and expands its functions well beyond the purely residential to offer a wider application for hotel or convention purposes (text from project's website).

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Suitcase House
Badaling Highway Exit at Shuiguan
Project is public!
Opening hours The exterior of the 12 villas is open to the public. When the villas are not occupied by guests, people are allowed to see both inside and outside. Monday - Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00 / Visitors need to make a reservation with the Concierge Department in advance. Reservations: 86 10 81181888 (text from
Completion 2001
Floor area/size 250 m2
ArchitectEDGE Design Institute
Client SOHO China
Project ID 4576
Latitude/Longitude 40°20'23N 116°02'46E
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