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.
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.
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.
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.
dining room – in and out relationship
wing-room: wood platform with lifting table hidden inside could be used as tearoom or bedroom
main room: bed wall and partitive soft curtain on the north to meet multiple requirements
nightview of the twisting gray brick
the dark floor paving creates a sharp contrast with the graveled area
details of material combination and vegetation
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
edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom
architecture in beijing (93 articles)
architecture in china (818 articles)
archstudio (18 articles)
hutong design and architecture phenomenon (52 articles)
a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.
the project is not defined by a single concept or architectural gesture, but through a series of calculated interventions that address the complexity of the work.
yiyang xu and jingyi ye of national taiwan university of science and technology call for climate action.
the roof of the iceberg-shaped building serves as a publicly accessible observation deck and restaurant.
the permit, granted on friday, allows construction to continue with a projected completion date of 2026.