archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design

completed by archstudio, ‘twisting courtyard’ is a renovated residence in paizihutong, dashilar area, beijing. the property was once a siheyuan (courtyard house) with a single entry, and the purpose of this project is to upgrade the necessary infrastructure needed for a contemporary lifestyle. hence, this traditional courtyard which mainly served as a residence is turned into an attractive, urban public space within beijing’s inner city.

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
view of the entrance from the streets 

 

 

archstudio‘s design aims at getting rid of the solemn and stereotyped impression given by a siheyuan by creating an open and active living atmosphere. based on the existing layout of the courtyard, the undulated gray brick floor is used to connect indoor and outdoor spaces of different height, and is extended to the inside of the house – twisting into walls and roof, thus creating dynamic connection between in and out. what hides within the curved wall are necessary auxiliary spaces such as kitchen, toilet and warehouse, while reception and dinning areas are shown outside the curved facade and connect to the courtyard as a whole.

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
overall view of  the archstudio twisting courtyard

 

 

the small yard is mainly used as an urban public space, while maintaining the possibility of functioning as a residence. even more, four houses can be rented for public events such as recreation, gatherings and meetings – or could serve as a family hostel with three bedrooms. integrated furniture is used to enable the flexible switch of space scene by inserting boxes into the existing wood frames of east and west wings. 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
renovated courtyard  – bird’s eye view

 

 

‘for the building type ‘siheyuan’, the courtyard is the core of living fun. this project makes micro-adjustment that change the temperament of the courtyard space and meet requirements of multiple use, without changing the existing housing structure, making the traditional courtyard up-to-date,’ elaborates archstudio. 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
dining room – in and out relationship

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
kitchen space 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
wing-room: wood platform with lifting table hidden inside could be used as tearoom or bedroom

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
main room: bed wall and partitive soft curtain on the north to meet multiple requirements

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
washing room

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
nightview of the twisting gray brick 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
the dark floor paving creates a sharp contrast with the graveled area 

archstudio revamps traditional courtyard with a twisting brick floor design
details of material combination and vegetation 

 

 

project info:

 

design company: archstudio
design team: han wenqiang, huang tao
furniture accessories: song guochao
photography: wang ning, jin weiqi
text: han wenqiang

 

location: paizihutong, beijing
project type: residence renovation
site area: 225.4㎡
building area: 161.5㎡
main material: gray brick, oak panels
design time: 06. 2016 – 09. 2016
construction time: 10. 2016 – 05. 2017 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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