With its recent European launch, NIO is steadily entering the international electric vehicle market as a new player. Back in China, the brand has been a market leader and the public is familiar with the sleek NIO House and community concept. The development of user experience therefore seeks to connect more to the local culture, giving rise to site-specfic design. After collaborating on the NIO House in Nanchang, Lukstudio is given an opportunity to transform a standalone courtyard house in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province.

▲沿街空间,3个坡屋顶和2个内庭院 the front, three pitched roofs and two in-between spaces

▲一楼平面图 – 常规模式 1F plan – general mode

▲一楼平面图 – 会议模式 1F plan – meeting mode

▲二楼平面图 2F plan


Located at Kuan Hou Li Plaza near Black Tiger Spring, the double-height building was originally built in 2015 as an exhibition space with three pitched roofs and two inner courtyards. It was then changed into a commercial store where the outdoor courtyards were given up for more interior space.

▲建筑原貌 original view of the building

▲层层挑出的铝制屋檐以下是通高的玻璃幕墙 the main facade with a layered aluminum eave and floor-to-ceiling glazed front

▲北立面原貌 original north facade

▲改造后的北立面 the north facade after renovation

▲南立面原貌 original south facade

▲改造后的南立面 the south facade after renovation


Lukstudio has restored the architectural order and integrated a contemporary open plan. The “new’ modern program juxtaposes the “old” gray-brick-concrete-tile architecture, creating a sense of progress and harmony.

▲新旧共存的建筑外貌 the “new” showroom juxtaposes the “old” gray-brick-clay-tile architecture

▲白色水磨石墙、地和镜面不锈钢天花是展厅的标志性材料组合 the signature showroom palette of white terrazzo and mirrored stainless steel ceiling

整栋建筑在视觉上呈现出现代与传统建筑语言的对比, 也正好将展厅和车主俱乐部分成两个体块。朝向主街道的汽车展厅,通高的玻璃幕墙将充满高科技感的空间完整地展现给往来行人。铝制屋檐以平缓坡度层层挑出,用现代材料与样式重新诠释传统的斗拱结构。

The two-part architecture helps divide the car showroom and the users’ area. Facing the main street, the floor-to-ceiling curtain wall showcases an unobstructed view of the high-tech showroom to passers-by. The aluminum eave protruded out in layers, a modern interpretation of the traditional Dougong system.

▲从展厅到用户俱乐部的入口视角 entrance view from showroom to user zone

▲庭院以旧砖青瓦修复,居中设有青石板涌泉,呼应“泉城”独特的城市景观 restored in the traditional style, the small pocket of nature pays tribute to Jinan as the “City of Springs”


Tucked behind the futuristic showroom, the users’ zone greets every exclusive guest at the entrance with a calming courtyard view. Restored with old bricks and paved with clay tiles in traditional ripple pattern, the small pocket of nature is finished with a simple stone slab fountain, a subtle tribute to Jinan as the “City of Springs”.

▲静谧的庭院景观与展示区迎接着每一位车主 a display area at the entrance with a view to the calming courtyard

▲梁柱结构当中的开放布局贯通南北,提供清晰通透的穿堂视野 a clear sight line from one end to the other


Under the three pitch roofs, the existing concrete post-and-beam structure sets the spatial rhythm of the users’ area which spans along the north-south axis, giving a clear sightline from one end to the other.

▲坡屋顶内部原貌 original view of the ceiling

▲呼应原建筑坡屋顶的木纹铝板天花 an array of wooden panels forms the sloped ceiling

▲轻盈的铝板与厚重的混凝土结构形成轻与重的对比 a lightness that contrasts with the heavy concrete structure


An array of wooden panels forms the sloped ceiling, creating a lightness that contrasts with the heavy concrete structure, also a functional design for integrating track-lights and air grills. The wooden panels stagger at the apex like the Chinese character 人meaning people , letting daylight travel down from a newly-inserted skylight.

▲NIO Café 在车主俱乐部的中心位置 the NIO Café is at the center of the users’ area

▲在坡屋顶与天窗下的聚会场所 a hangout spot under the skylight

▲隐藏的壁柜里存放有活动隔断,在举办瑜伽课或分享会时能把多功能厅独立分隔出来 inside a hidden wall cabinet stores movable partitions which can separate the multi-functional hall for yoga class or conference

▲儿童区地毯的设计灵感来自苔藓草坪 the carpet in the kids area is inspired by moss lawn

▲嵌入白色空间内的木制楼梯 the wooden stairwell inserted into the white space

▲细节表现出轻盈和现代感 details expressing a sense of lightness and modernity

车主俱乐部居中位置是NIO Café,南边是多功能厅,为大部分人聚集的场所,北边是儿童游乐区和通往二层的楼梯。木制柜台、展台、楼梯间如同嵌入建筑内的独立“积木”,与木纹天花系统一起为这个极简留白式画廊空间带来温暖与纹理。

The NIO Café is at the center of the users’ area, with the multi-purpose hall on the south and the staircase to second floor and terrace on the north. Apart from the wooden ceiling panels, other elements such as the stairwell, the café counter, the display shelving all appear to be individual wooden blocks inserted into the building, together balancing the minimal white gallery with warmth and texture.

▲透明亚克力底座与“漂浮”的木托盘 wooden display trays sitting on transparent acrylic bases


Sitting on transparent acrylic bases connected by mortise and tenon joints, wooden display trays echo the sense of lightness and modernity.

▲楼梯间顶上的天窗引导客人走到二楼 a skylight guiding the way up the wooden stairwell

▲涂上日光的白墙带来宁静的氛围 white walls painted with daylight brings a serene atmosphere

▲白色渐变玻璃扶手柔和地界定内外边缘,为建筑立面增添雾气般的朦胧诗意 the white gradient softly defines the edge and adds a mist-like poetic quality to the building fa?ade


The previous flat rooftop has been reinforced and transformed into an outdoor terrace for leisure. The railing is in glass with white gradient, an ephemeral design language used throughout the project for privacy, softly defines the edge and adds a mist-like poetic quality to the building facade.

▲新旧之间梦幻般的对话 a dreamy dialogue between the old and the new

▲连接不同时代的室外露台 an outdoor terrace connecting structures of different times


Overlooking the skyline of tall towers, while counting clay tiles on the traditional roofs, electric car drivers visiting NIO House Jinan are invited to go on a journey of time and dream about the future.









设计工期:2021.08 – 2021.12

施工工期:2022.03 – 2022.07




项目摄影:Wen Studio

Project Information——


Location:No.3 West Heihuquan Road, Lixia District, Jinan City, Shandong Province

Net Area:730㎡

Architecture and Interior Design:LUKSTUDIO

Director:Christina Luk

Design Team:Yicheng Zhang, Haixin Wang, Vivi Du, Rebecca Tan, Coca Gao

Scope:architecture, interior, landscape

Design Period:2021.08 – 2021.12

Construction Period:2022.03 – 2022.07

Lighting Consultant:SHUMUNG lighting design

Drawing Development:Hong Sheng Architectural & Design (Shanghai) Co.


Photography:Wen Studio