micro-yuan'er by standardarchitecture renews beijing hutong courtyard
 
micro-yuan'er by standardarchitecture renews beijing hutong courtyard micro-yuan'er by standardarchitecture renews beijing hutong courtyard
sep 29, 2014

micro-yuan'er by standardarchitecture renews beijing hutong courtyard

micro-yuan’er by standardarchitecture renews beijing hutong courtyard
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‘micro-yuan’er’ is a project by zhang ke’s beijing-based standardarchitecture, which revitalizes a historic hutong courtyard for BJDW beijing design week 2014. the inserted structure, which contains a miniature art space and library, is part of the organic re-development taking place around the old dashilar area southwest of the city’s tiananmen square. the central volume wraps itself around an existing tree, while a small staircase leads to a treehouse-type platform where it is possible to look out over the surrounding rooftops.

 

hutongs, a type of narrow street formed by surrounding courtyard residences, were once a common part of beijing, but since the middle of the 20th century they have decreased dramatically as historic neighborhoods are torn down to be replaced with new roads and highrise buildings. the project, which is supported by camerich, is part of a broader initiative to craft and utilize small-scale projects within the limitations of beijing’s historic urban fabric.

 

see designboom‘s coverage of standardarchitecture’s ‘micro hutong’ – a project presented at last year’s BJDWhere.

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view from the top of ‘micro-yuan’er’ looking onto the courtyard
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interior view of ‘micro-yuan’er’ by standardarchitecture
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the structure under construction in a typical hutong courtyard in beijing
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concept model on display in the grand bazar (quan ye chang) in dashilar
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model indicating the location of the structure at the heart of the historic courtyard
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sectional model presenting the intimate miniature art space
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rendering highlighting how the design wraps around the centrally positioned tree
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project info:

 

organizers: standardarchitecture, camerich
designers: zhang ke, zhang mingming, ao ikegami, huang tanyu, fang shujun
dates: september 26th – october 3rd, 2014
address: cha’er 8#, beijing

  • Coming from a Chinese family background, with both of my parents from Beijing where I had visited several times, I enjoy and cherish the traditional hutong architectures, for a good balance between the four walls and the courtyard, the hard edges and soft voids, I must say, I would appreciate more if the inserted wood ‘box’ is more rounded, more ‘green’ and more transparent to balance the grayish heaviness, to retain the original contrast between solid and void mass, to give back to the courtyard it’s purpose.

    Ben says:

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