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The Hippie House

Parasite Residence Bridge

The Hippie House Rui Xu, 4th semester, 2011 summer, Studio Arets, UdK

The Hippie House

Rui Xu, 4th semester, 2011 summer, Studio Arets, UdK

Builder-owner: As a child Moritz Munk always wanted to be a hippie. Smoking a joint, chilling out with friends, playing guitar all day long, just being free... Pleasant dreams! Now he is a successful businessman, living in Berlin Mitte. A stressful life, especially when you are the owner of many restaurants. With a great number of marriages, he created a big family. Well‌ with a lot of kids. At least he loves this part. A House for Moritz Moritz wants to build his house in Berlin Mitte, MulackstraĂ&#x;e, a fashionable and wealthy neighbourhood in the city centre. At least at home, he wants to fulfil his dream in former times: Being a hippie.

full height levels

half height levels

Concept Creating a fluent atmosphere, a conventional house divided in storeys is not in case. The height of the storeys are half the size of the usual ones and they are not ‚closed‘. By fitting the floors into each other, many playful niches are created. Furniture and architecture are combined in one element. The functions are slightly separated horizontally. Different ways of communication is allowed.




roof terrace






sleeping area


living & bathroom


kids playground









-0.5 office

0 lobby

+0.5 lobby

+1.0 kitchen

+1.5 kitchen, kids playground, livingroom

+2.0 bathroom

+2.5 sleeping area, swimmingpool

+3.0 library

+3.5 library

+4.0 roof terrace

+4.5 swimmingpool

view west

view north

view south

view east

Parasite Residence Bridge Rui Xu, 2nd semester, 2010 summer, Studio Sobejano, UdK

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, Germany. It has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since December 14th, 2001 and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The first coal mine on the premises was founded in 1847, mining activities took place from 1851 until December 23rd, 1986. After losing its economical importance the complex was restored and changed into: museum, amusement park, cultural centre etc. Nowadays The Zollverein is an important tourist attraction.

The conveyor bridge in the north part of the coking plant area is linking a machine hall and a conveying system building. The bridge is 120m long and has a gradient of 9 degrees. The interior is 3m high and 5m wide. My proposal is to change the conveyor bridge into a student residence hall to accommodate the students in Zollverein School of Management and Design. The university, a concrete cube designed by Sanaa, is located in the neighbour area. Concept: By adding parasitic frames to the bridge, extra living spaces will be realised. The horizontal roof of the frames and the sloping ground of the bridge create a communicative public area for the students.


new conc

Every student has his own unit with all functions inside (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom...). The corridor is the only public space. The students ‚hide‘ themselves in their own room after entering the building

One stude which are The corrid cation wil not only Every stud bedroom


ent unit is splitted into many rooms, e distributed in one common space. dor does not exist. Instead communill be maximized. The public space is a passage but a meeting point. dent are ‚forced‘ to leave their private to get into their own bathroom.


Every student has one bedroom, bathroom, reading space seperately distributed in the common space.


reading space


public livingroom

The kitchen is public (shared by three student). In the centre and at the end of the bridge are more public livingrooms which also can be used as cafes, workroom etc.

portfolio rui xu  

2009 - 2011