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ASTUDIO is a photography studio founded by renowned the photographer Li Xiaoliang and his team. Located on the east side of the central business district of Beijing within the Art Valley Cultural & Creative Industry Park, the design of new ASTUDIO space combines rustic industrial style with minimalist overtones.

Being a 2 storey workshop originally, the space is ideal for photography, with enough area to satisfy the specific requirements from the photographer for the new studio, including the request for 2 separate areas for photography.
UUAs proposal looked to first transform the original two-storey building into a three-storey space. By partitioning the space vertically, the large single space is divided into separate photo studios, each with an independent entrance and dressing room, thereby facilitating simultaneous and independent shooting.  The reception area and studio-1 now being on the first floor, with additional working space and studio- 2 occupying the second and third floor respectively.
The design team proposed using materials and colours within the space to create not only a high  quality finish but more importantly an environment optimized for photography. Taking the palette of black, white and gray, a brass metal colour was added in specific areas, to highlight the overall tone of the space. The texture and colour of the original brick wall was preserved by using a transparent paint, in contrast to the ceiling being painted black. For the floor, the public area is covered with self-leveling cement, whilst in the working area and dressing room, a timber floor is utilized.
Throughout the design and construction process, UUA collaborated closely with both the photographer Li Xiaoliang and the artist Li Wei, to create a series of art installations which give the space an interesting and artistic atmosphere. This successful collaboration between photographer, artist, and architect yields a rich result, with the new ASTUDIO space setting a benchmark for creativity and imagination. The originality of the architectural design delivers an end result that will attract new interest and potential work in the future.
Location: Beijing, China
GFA: 800 sqm
Design Team: Yongzheng Li, Qizhi Li, Nan Yu, Tim Mason, Yanfeng Lyu
Art Installation: Wei Li
Design Date: 05/2017-07/2017
Construction Date: 07/2017-10/2017