Hutongs are the traditional living quarters in Beijing within narrow alleys. The term hutong reminds us of a city where bicycles were abundant and industrialisation was sparse. In recent years due to the rapid modernisation of China, the number of hutongs has decreased dramatically. SUGO remembers these charming but chaotic structures during the first few years the firm’s founders spent expanding their design consortium. This design was born with a sense of romantic nostalgia. The 3D-printed metal matrix structure, researched by a small manufacturer in Italy, is based on the masterplan of the San Miao Jie Hutong, one of the oldest remaining hutongs in Beijing. The crystals represent individual hutong dwellings and together the unique spatial planning within the city grid formation. The design is entirely customisable, as crystals of varying heights and colours can be arranged in different configurations. Different arrangements also alter the reflectivity and illumination quality of HUTONG. As technology advances and lifestyles change, cities will continue to modernise, displacing and sometimes transforming old architecture. Thus, HUTONG is a metaphor for the changes happening to our urban landscapes. Only 50 units of HUTONG will ever be produced globally and each one is custom made to order and handcrafted for the discerning individual with a 4-month waiting list.
HUTONG Forbidden Orange
W 50cm x H 28cm W 26cm
Custom Cast Photocatalytic Pure Crystal Rods x 3D Printed Metal Base
Hand Painted with Zero VOC Paint