GREAT WALL 1
The property is located in a mountain area near the Great Wall, north of Beijing. Originally built in the middle of last century as underground storage for fruit trees for the village, the existing structure is built entirely of natural stone and consists of a rectangular volume of 21x11x4 meters.
The client owns a house on the south side of the property, in an elevated position overlooking the roof of the underground storage. The scope of the design was to extend the existing house by turning the storage into a 4 bedrooms residence.
The existing storage is constructed north facing, partially underground in a basin lower than the surrounding. To create a livable environment for the new residence, a design solution for these particular conditions was required. The design strategy focused therefore on three main directions: enhance the identity of the storage and its stone walls, allow as much light as possible to the interior space and preserving the panoramic view from the existing house owned by the client.
The existing natural stone walls are preserved to a large extent and are fully exposed as a strong presence in the house in contrast with the new polished concrete structure and white plastered interior walls. Only in the north side the natural stone wall is replaced by a large glass façade and the soil removed to create a generous terrace in front, which occupies the entire length of the living and dining area in the inside. Also in the north side, the garage is inset into the building as a wood cladded box.
In the open-plan living area, the custom-made open fireplace and the black kitchen counter set 2 focal points while the wood cladding of the garage provides a warm background to the soft seating area.
The new roof was designed to maximize the natural light input to the house. The existing roof was replaced by two concrete slabs, which are detached from the stone wall and set at two different heights.
The lower northern roof covers the living room and the garage and it is designed as a roof terrace. It is shorter than the existing stone wall length and creates two gardens in the east and in the west of the house. These gardens increase the natural of light from different angles. The higher roof in the south is shifted to the west to allow a passage to the lower roof terrace and avoid to project shadow to the east courtyard.
The different heights of the roofs are responding to in the terraced degradation of the plot and the surrounding. The gap in between the 2 roofs allows more natural light to penetrate in the central part of the building and it is improving the natural ventilation during the warm seasons.
Below the higher roof in the south part of the new house are located the bedrooms. They enjoy a contemplative feeling thanks to their high ceilings and high-rise windows. Each room has a private bathroom. The bedrooms are connected by a passage which is elevated by three steps to the adjacent living area. Next to the bedrooms, in the southeast corner, a tunnel connects the new house with to the existing residential building. As the belonging plots are separated by a side road, this passage passes through a tunnel under the road.
As a result for the view from the terrace of the existing house is enriched by two floating green roofs in balance with the panoramic scene to the Great Wall.
Margret Domko, Momo Andrea Destro, Amirlin Sunderiya
HOUSE ON THE GREAT WALL I 2018 I BEIJING CHINA
Located in an old textile factory converted in creative compound in Beijing, the new office for the movie production company CWITM is designed as bright and flexible office space that alternates white surfaces with semi-transparent polycarbonate panels and coloured MDF elements. The design opened up the space to enjoy the big shed windows of the roof, a heritage of the industrial past of the location, and maximize the penetration of the natural light into the space.
While each functional area enjoys high degree of privacy, the physical partitions are reduced to the minimum or are designed to easily slide to boost the openness and social activity inside the office. Meeting rooms are arranged through the entire space and differ not only in terms of sizes, but also for finish materials and accessory to create various and flexible working environment. A big corporate meeting room is interconnected to a cinema with a stepped platform, a wood box contains a private meeting room on one side and a tatami room in the other side. To avoid long walk from the different department, two meeting areas are set in the middle of each wings and can be enclosed by a soft curtain to improve the privacy.
A big pantry area is placed in the pivot of the two wings and becomes the social hub of the office while it enjoys the garden view of the full glass façade. A service block sits in front of the pantry and hosts the server room, the storage, the janitor, the bathrooms, a shower room and a washing area for the pantry.
The working areas are designed to maximize the benefit for each kind of department: from a very private office for delicate work such as accounting and administration to an open space configuration for departments that need interaction and communication. A box wrapped in Red colored MDF hides the two CEO office that enjoys the natural light of the big shed and the view of the garden with the full height windows.
Margret Domko, Momo Andrea Destro, Amirlin Sunderiya, Martina Muratori
CWITM I 2018 I BEIJING CHINA
Lievito is designed as a place to meet, to share and to taste. A new restaurant for socializing while sharing slices of gourmet pizza and enjoying a glass of wine in a space defined by grey stone volumes and brass details.
The property venue is a long strip that stretches from a lobby of a hotel on the south side to a big opening on the north side, facing a river. Along this stretch the design creates different environments – from very public to very intimate spaces – to offer various atmospheres to the costumers, following the natural light access in the space.
The big, fully operable folding window in the north is inviting guests to the restaurant’s bar and aperitivo area. This space is dominated by a free standing stone bar counter enlightened by the insertion of a brass screen. The bar area is lightly furnished to offer space for any form of socialisation. A step up, armchairs creating a lounge area next to the window, which can be easily extended to the terraces due to the fully operable folding window.
Taking a step down from the bar area, the costumer reaches the dining area. The length of the space is emphasised by various elements as the long light along the west wall and its replication as stripe insert in the wall.
The kitchen, organized in parallel to this setting, takes the shape of a stone block carved out to host an open kitchen windows, a long bench for the dining area and the niche for the cocktail in the bar. All areas are in direct contact with each other, but still separated through steps and different room heights.
The material selection features few but distinctive materials. The bar and the kitchen are designed as solid stone blocks. Lights, furniture and other elements are made of black steel.
Small elements in brass enrich the space without breaking the grey palette: a long ribbon runs the entire west wall, a custom linear lamp floats under the open ceiling, a counter faces the open pizza kitchen and a golden box separates the dining bench from the bar: each seat enjoys a glimpse of brass that create a vibrant exception in the neutral tone of the stone volumes and the ragged cement of the wall finish.
The entrance in the south is a round brass niche that with its simplicity works as an attraction point in the heterogenic environment of the lobby.
In the north side, the new staircase leads the access to the neighbour restaurant FIUME and to the stone terrace of LIEVITO. As a recall of the interior decoration, a linear external light in brass run on the top of the entrance. The same element is duplicated near the parapet of the terrace to create a comfortable shelve to hold the glass while enjoying the river view.
The visual identity with logo and menus completes the overall design of the restaurant.
For Lievito MDDM STUDIO wins the ICONIC AWARD 2018 – Innovative Architecture – BEST OF BEST of the German Design Council.
Margret Domko, Momo Andrea Destro, Amirlin Sunderiya, Martina Muratori, Zeng De Ting, Xiao Xue
Photo: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
LIEVITO RESTAURANT I 2017 I BEIJING CHINA
MDDM STUDION won the first prize for this Campus Competition in Ordos. The facilities included an office building, a canteen, a dormitory and a firestation with a total area of 20.000 sqm.
Design Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Martina Muratori, Lulu Wang
ORDOS CAMPUS COMPETITION I FIRST PRIZE I 2017 I ORDOS CHINA
The new showroom of Principle M, a Beijing based tailored clothing label, features two entire onyx slabs in a white environment. The stones natural texture creates the focal points and introduces warm colors in a space designed to be simple and neutral to highlight the exhibited fashion pieces.
The ceiling and the floor, both in concrete, are the horizontal surfaces in which white big scale furniture pieces are inserted. A long white bench defines the perimeter of the space, while a suspended cabinet divides the showroom from the office area.
A 9m long drawer diagonally crosses the entire length of the showroom and breaks the regularity of the space. This central piece guides the customers through the suits design process. As they enter the showroom, it welcomes and leads them to the design area where the customers meet the tailors to go through the fabric samples.
While heading to the fitting room the customers can browse among other ready to wear accessories, exhibited in glass displays integrated into the drawers. The drawer can be split in 4 modules transforming the showroom in different setting, to host special events like fashion or pop up shows.
Thin black steel profiles are used to frame display areas as well as to add more hanging points. For the suspended cabinet, several hanging displays can be arranged in different settings, according to collection changes.
Five customized lamps, which feature the same black steel profile together with adjustable spotlights, are arranged in horizontal and vertical settings.
Design Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Martina Muratori
Photo: Hector Pei
PRINCIPLE M SHOWROOM I 2017 I BEIJING CHINA
CONCEPT The remodeling of a mid-1900 flat in downtown into a modern and efficient office for the Italian Trade Agency in Beijing was challenged by the strict limitations of the building code that forbid any intervention on the walls, floors and electrical system. Therefor the concept idea started from the furniture designed as functional islands and connected by a suspended network of tracks.
INFRASTRUCTURE This strategy has conceded to turn the constraints of the site into advantage: because it is allowed for the cables to cross the wall only above the doors, the track that support data and electric wires becomes the decoration element that visually reminds the principle of network: a system of technological nerves that run through the rooms and connects together all the office.
The suspended tracks are the infrastructure also for the lighting design. A continuous linear light in the upper part of the track provides a comfortable indirect light by reflecting on the ceiling while spotlights are placed in strategic locations to provide the right amount of direct light where needed.
FURNITURE DESIGN To balance the materiality of the existing wood floor, the design of the custom furniture is all in a neutral palette of whites and greys. Two elements break this homogeneity: the red track of the meeting room and the green carter of the server in the service room.
The desks are placed on the functional island like independent plug-in elements that could be organized in variable setting. The height of the table frame varies according the location. In shared office rooms the frame is enlarged to improve privacy on the personal desk, while in private offices the frame is low to interact with guests.
Design Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Zhao Xue, Yanran Zhong, Martina Muratori
Production: Domani Casa,
Photo: Hector Pei
ICE-ITA OFFICE I 2017 I BEIJING CHINA
The new Mali is integrated into the existing urban structure by organizing its functional program along an axes parallel to the one of the Exposition Palace. The orthogonal shapes of the new elements are in direct proportion with the courtyard of the historical building and are shifted from the center alignment to better optimize the use of the space. As an answer to the complexity of urban environment the Mali Square proposes the flexibility to use and to access the area from different points. In fact the new plaza defined by the proposal is a system of squares that works as a hinge between the urban dimension (the avenues, the other parks and the metro) and the human scale of the museum itself and the Exposition park. Each square provides different qualities and environments depending on where the people are coming from.
People coming from the metro are welcome to a sunken open square that create a filter between the underground and the open air, being still protected from the noise of the above street level. In the same time the square under the tower provide a shelter from the sun and the seldom rain and the small sunken square between the library and the tower is a more intimate public space that works as a filter to prepare the visitor to visit the museum.
How to generate a new design that integrate itself in the existing environment but in the same time brings along new qualities and a contemporary environment to the surrounding? To answer this the proposal works in different layers and scale and intertwine them together. If the regular shape are directly related to the historical buildings as well as the respect of the monumental axes , the scheme is enriched by the juxtaposition and shift of voids and volumes that creates a more diverse environment. The voids become the physical invitation to explore the underground gallery while the new floating volume becomes the new contemporary pavilion that completes the series of architectural monuments that characterized the park. The function hosted by the tower (the education program) it is also a manifestation of the importance of the culture as a progress for society. While the position of the main gallery underground increase the energy efficiency of the building thanks to the thermal exchange with the soil surrounding it, the compact body of the tower has a double skin composed by an internal layer of glass curtain wall that provide the necessary insulation and an external one that serves as sunscreens, to shade and regulate the illumination in the school spaces inside. The skylights, both in the tower and the gallery, are used to bring natural indirect light as well as a chimney to increase the natural ventilation.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko
NEW CONTEMPORAY ART WING FOR MALI MUSEUM I LIMA PERU I COMPETITION HONORABLE MENTION I 2016
The proposal for the two phase competition of a School Canteen in Bruneck, Italy, aims to create an intertwined relationship between the public square in the heart of the school complex and a more intimate courtyard around which the canteen develops. The site for the new canteen is located on the southwest entrance of the school zone and is bounded on the north by a car park and bus stop. The adjacent areas are characterized by different building typologies and morfologies. The volume of new canteen aims to redefine the urban structure and to bring the different building shapes into a dialogue. In the east and south side the perpendicular outline reflects the rectangular morphology of the nearby buildings; by contrast the dynamic language of the Mikado and the new climbing gym reverberates into the design of the west side of the canteen. In this way, the low and compact volume of the canteen together with its courtyard create a new center without overwhelming the surrounding.
The entrances are located along the main access street in the Southeast and across from the Mikado. The delivery and service access faces the parking lot to the north.
To meet the demands required by the urban planning and to fill the gap between the existing buildings, the volume of the canteen occupies a relevant area of the plot reducing the overall height. The result is a compact volume to the outside, which opens up into protected courtyard. This outdoor area is the center of the new canteen and offers a special public area.
The courtyard divides the interior space into two dining rooms. The service sectors such as food distribution and restrooms are organized along an east-west axes that cuts the entire building.
Team Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Ronny Kockot, Davide Tomasi
SCHOOL CANTEEN I BRUNECK ITALY I COMPETITION 2ND PRIZE I 2014
The traditional office planning assigns to each function a room. This way of dividing the areas forbids a normal grade of flexibility for future development and restrict the communication between the employees. The partition planning represses the possibility to grow the company environment toward innovation and development. The proposal is designed as an open plan, where functional features are creating partitions and different zones.
The meeting room, as an example, divides the space between two departments but also connects them by creating a common space. The variety of smaller and bigger “in between” spaces offers various environments and atmosphere for different situation of working.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Xu Shiteng
OFFICE INTERIOR I BEIJING CHINA I 2016
MDDM Studio was invited for the VOF Verfahren of the GEWOFAG Munich, Germany, after successful participation of the international competition Europan 2013. The task was to increase the density of a residential compound near a heavy traffic street in Munich. The key point was to find innovative solution for soundproofing residential housing.
Different cultures have developed solutions for introverted houses by creating a courtyard typology accessible only from the inside and protected from the frenetic activity of the surrounding city by thick walls. The walls not only divides the private propriety but defines the division between the intimacy of the private spaces and the promiscuity of the streets.
An new apartment building is designed along the south side of the property. A wall detached from the south facade of the new building functions as a protective barrier from the noise of the traffic. At every floor, the wall sets back in order to allow the natural light of the sun to penetrate to the floor below. This arrangement open the possibility for every apartment to enjoy a private garden as an intimate space protected both from the disturbance of the road and the view of the neighbors. Inspired by the patterns of sound proof walls, the irregular surface of the facade is also strategically designed to reduce noise.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko
RESIDENTIAL I MUNICH GERMANY I COMPETITION FINALIST I 2014
The volume of the new extension starts from the constrains given by property boundaries and the neighboring existing buildings. To harmonize this fragmented situation the new building is characterized by light joints, which connect the opposite courtyards. The result is a range of six constructs shifted between each other to enhance and optimize the exposure to natural light. The new building is laterally bordered by the historical Bundesrat to the east and the Leipziger Platz buildings in the west. The north facade of the new extension is compressed by the strong identity of the adjacent buildings. To connect the different architectural languages of the neighboring building, the design propose a monolithic stone facade. The new extension receives then enough weight to stand out as a separate building but at the same time it pay respect especially to the historical Bundesrat.
The high glass facade features generous and transparent access to the public in the visitor center and cafe. To avoid an abrupt ending to the loggia, the glass façade is connected in a harmonious angle to the stone façade. The resulting prominent staircase leading to Café underlines the public accessibility of the building.The individual buildings also reflect the distribution of the singular functions. The openness to public decreases from north to south: structure 1 has unlimited access to the public; in structure 2 is located on the ground floor the security line, and on the upper floor on the building from 1 to 4 the controlled area for the visitors. In building 5 and 6 is the management area, which is accessible only by employees.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Roberto Capute (Visualisation)
ERWEITERUNG BUNDESRAT I BERLIN GERMANY I COMPETITION I 2014
The space serves as the representative office for the CEO of a Chinese corporation. The design creates a very efficient space to work and to host the board meetings as well as a livable and warm atmosphere for recreation. Special attention was also requested in the materials selection and in the decoration works to use only pollutant free and eco-sustainable materials.
The open space is organized in 3 main sectors: the reception area to welcome the guests, the office with the CEO desk and the large meeting table. The three areas are divided by each others with spatial disjunctions.
Some of the additional requests of the client were used to define the space. The 18 sqm golf patting becomes an indoor landscape that spatially detach the reception area from the CEO desk. An L shaped bookshelf protects the privacy of the CEO while seating at the desk as well as conceals the presence of square structural pillar in the middle of the room. The different ambient are linked together by the presence of the wood wall that uniformly define the space. Covered with the same wood planks as the flooring, the wall hides a private pantry for the CEO, the wardrobe for the guest and the office for the secretary.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko, Frank Liu Hai
CEO OFFICE INTERIOR I BEIJING CHINA I 2014
The design approach aims to reinforce and adapt the old structure of the house to a contemporary use, without compromising its historic character. The intervention is not meant to recreate the past, but rather save what is inherited. From the perspective of the architectural language, the old parts of the house are restored according to the original layout, while the new interventions are recognizable by the material or color. New materials are implemented just where strictly necessary, in order to respond to the principle of reversibility.
The renovation is intended as a restoration of existing decoration, materials and finishing, with a special attention to qualities of the living conditions for the future users. The many layers of decoration from different times add a special charm to the building, enriching its history with traces of different users and tenants.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Stefano Avesani, Marcella Campa, David Tomasi, CSCEC Beijing
TEAHOUSE RENOVATION I BEIJING CHINA I 2013
The gallery is located in Dashilar, an historic district in the center of Beijing. It presents exclusive ceramic and jewelry art. The furniture design aims to create a neutral and still interesting atmosphere where the pieces can be displayed in flexible ways. Single items can be used in different settings, as for example the mirror can be flipped and be used as a jewelry pin up due to its felt surface.
The overall furniture layout in the space can be easily adjusted according to the exhibition requirements.The overall furniture layout in the space can be easily adjusted according to the exhibition requirements.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Stefano Avesani, Marcella Campa
CERAMIC AND JEWELRY GALLERY I BEIJING CHINA I 2013
The landscape and architectural competition for Yanqing Grape and Wine Park and Yanqing Greenhouse and Winery was organized ahead of the World Grape Conference to be held in 2014 in Yanqing County. The “Shan Shui Grape Garden” proposal is based on three strategies: 1) Encourage the integration between natural, economic, productive, social and cultural aspects though the introduction of key hubs of high technology functions integrated into the grape and fruit fields to create points of interest for the visitors and development for the local community; 2) Extend the accessibility for visitors to different kind of habitats: woods, agriculture, wetlands to promote understanding of territory, local products and farming/production processes; 3) A low maintenance countryside garden, sustainable in a time perspective throughout the years to come and sensitive to the character of the territory. The project proposes the insertion of three “Ecological Ribbon Routes”, working as line parks on which unique activities and functions are located, placed onto a large Vineyard Carpet which will define the ubiquitous background and main character of the new grape park. Each of these routes works as a line-park and has been designed with a different character. Outdoor surfaces will include areas for grape picking, display fields, experimental grape farming, showcase fields with different grapes varieties, along with fruit gardens, look-out points, water basins and pools and paved public squares.
The design for the main Green House and Horticultural Center to host the Grape Exhibition in 2014 will express the values of authenticity and renewed identity of Yanqing County. This will be achieved conjugating very modern high standard technology aspects with the ones from the local tradition. The Green House develops along five sections corresponding to the five continents from which grapes are coming. The design considers the appropriate integration of modern bio-climatic and energy saving systems. The “tasting” hub of the project is represented by the Display Winery building on the central axis. The group of building includes a Restaurant with terraces facing the waters, a Hotel, a Winery and a Market for local products.
A key aspect of a vibrant wine district is to suggest the idea that wine becomes a part of the local cultural background and history. This can only be achieved by involving the local communities of farmers. The design proposal extends the project to three villages facing the area making them become part of the park. Inside the villages some typical old abandoned houses will be restored and turned into a Courtyard Hotel. The proposal of a Hotel with few rooms widespread into the villages aims to improve this image of authentic cultural identity and to become an important territorial source of economic activity and vitality.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Stefano Avesani, Marcella Campa
GRAPE GARDEN MASTERPLAN I YANQING CHINA I INVITED COMPETITION 1ST PRIZE I 2012
The exhibition “Meet Design” organized by Rizzoli, presented Italian design icons in the Beijing Design Week 2011 in the 798 District. The exhibition is transformed into a dialogue between the visitor and the design products, by presenting the object in an human shape. Instead of a classic and distant gallery picture of the product, the exhibition design invites the visitor for more “personal” contact with the design objects.
The exhibition is turned into a “party” where people and design meet and where design can be reviewed from a new perspective.
Team: Momo Andrea Destro, Margret Domko
EXHIBITION DESIGN I BEIJING CHINA I 2011
08 I 2018 MDDM STUDIO WINS ICONIC AWARD 2018
We are happy that our project Lievito was awarded with the prize “ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture – Best of Best” in the category Interior by the German Design Council.
07 I 2016 HONORABLE MENTION
Our proposal for the new contemporary art wing for the MALI museum in Lima, Peru, won an honorable mention.
Project information here: #lima1
Novel ideas and excellent execution are the aims of MDDM STUDIO, the italian-german architectural practice by architects Momo Andrea Destro and Margret Domko.
Design oriented, the young design office ties together fresh approaches and high technical skills.
Based in Beijing, MDDM STUDIO develops architectural and interior projects mostly in mainland China and in Europe and has received international recognition and awards.
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