Table Republic

Architects | atelier mearc

Location | Beijing

Area | 885 sqm

Project Year | 2017

Architect in Charge | Zhou Wei

Design Team | Yang Shuyu, Xu Xiwen

Buddha says existence being equal.


The Baita Temple was built in Yuan Dynasty. The white pagoda in the temple is the most magnificent and the earliest Tibetan Pagoda in China. Total length of Suluobo Hutong is 130.8m, located In the northeast of the temple. Walking west along the hutong, the majestic white pagoda is in the view. Passing through the depositary of Buddhist texts, heading south and turn around - gate of the white pagoda. It is the most beautiful route of pilgrimage.


Suluobo Hutong has preserved historic pattern of the courtyard. For some reasons, 129 families have been moved in successively. Quite a few of them live in a small way, with tiny space barely enough. At the same time, the Hutong area is 1046m2, only used as a dozen of parking spaces. Cramped living condition and vacant hutong space stand in stark contrast.



overlook  | 鸟瞰

‘Table republic’ is composed of seven sets of various tables, total length of 94.8m. It provides each family with 0.7m of desktop and 8.2 m2 of outdoor space directly. The residents may grow flowers, dine, drink, chess, party and even send and receive delivery. Someday, just borrow and use the desktops as temporary stalls, the prestigious Baita Temple Fair could be renew. This special chic routine will also be the best choice for monks and believers when going on pilgrimage on the Buddhist festivals.



perspective view | 透视图


perspective view | 透视图


perspective view | 透视图


perspective view | 透视图


perspective view | 透视图

All space changes are restrained only on the ground design so that history of Suluobo Hutong is clearly presented and remained. Ground pavement extends the form of desktop and they support each other on the structure, while also being incorporated with municipal manhole covers. The square at the courtyard entrance is clearly marked with doorplate.


Residents, monks, tourists and vendors share the space and time in the hutong, new and traditional.