archiplein extends beijing hutong using historical references
archiplein extends beijing hutong using historical references archiplein extends beijing hutong using historical references
oct 30, 2013

archiplein extends beijing hutong using historical references

archiplein extends beijing hutong using historical references
all images courtesy of archiplein



regenerating beijing’s urban fabric through micro architectural interventions, chinese studio archiplein have extended this traditional beijing hutong. the dwellings in the classical city were designed around a clear empty square, and due to the large population density, the original courtyards have been overtaken by self-constructed buildings. completely transforming the typology of the structure, the arranged grafts almost make the original intention unreadable. this project provides an alternative solution, proposing a modest and economically viable insertion that reveals the quality of the existing space. following three main steps: rehabilitation of the existing building, a new extension and the treatment of the courtyard, the framed void helps to redefine its original composition.


‘the architectural expression is detached from a stylistic approach, but we find our references in the material and form of the past that we transform.’ says archiplein.



the new extension to the hutong reinstates the traditional courtyard space



exterior view of the abstracted window detail



the window framing the view



interior view of the modest and economically viable insertion



sky window allows natural light to filter through



looking towards the extended space



axonometric drawing



site plan of the hutong






project info:


architects: archiplein
collaboration: sinapolis
location: beijing, china
year: 2011



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