pop up canopy in dashilar by people's architecture office
pop up canopy in dashilar by people's architecture office pop up canopy in dashilar by people's architecture office
oct 13, 2013

pop up canopy in dashilar by people's architecture office

pop up canopy in dashilar by people’s architecture office




beijing design week’s curator beatrice lanza commissioned people’s architecture office to create an in-situ installation in the old hutong dashilar, where most of the design interventions of the festival were hosted.


the pop-up canopy returns the yard of the traditional chinese courtyard house to its original function as the primary social space of the house. traditionally trees were an essential component of the yard, providing shade during the summer months while allowing sunlight to filter through during the winter months. through china’s tumultuous urban development, however, trees disappeared from many courtyards as these single family homes were subdivided into multi-family dwellings. illegally built structures filled the yards leaving only enough space for narrow walkways let alone trees.




as part of the dashilar pilot project for beijing design week, people’s architecture office had the opportunity to clear out the illegal structures of the courtyard and allow the yard to function once again as an essential social space. the canopy spans across the yard supported only by the eaves of the surrounding roofs leaving the space underneath unobstructed. the pop-up structure acts in the same manner as a tree providing shade during summers. it can also be easily dismantled and stored during the winter.




the pop-up canopy consists of a light weight structure made of collapsible loops covered in fabric. the entire structure can be folded into a small package for storage and can be quickly deployed with minimal effort. the loops are in-fact ready-mades — reflectors used in photography — that have been re-appropriated as structural sun-shading. the loops are grouped into modular units that can be assembled to fit various courtyards.


additionally, the courtyard is traditionally a private space. covering the central yard, the pop-up canopy rises above the central space to a height that can be seen from a distance from outside of the house.




populating the neighborhood of dashilar with pop-up canopies indicates that the selected courtyards are no longer strictly private but are now open to visitors, further extending their function as social spaces.



  • What the flip? Seriously, just plant another tree…

    Anon says:
  • for better or worse “anything goes”

    bubble says:
  • The installation from the photos looks cool, but in real has some problems.That screen was stopping too much the sunlight, the result was an almost dark courtyard, where nobody would like to live inside…..

    Henry says:
  • Interesting to see an office that calls its work “people´s architecture” is clearing out illegal structures while providing no real solution for the people that live in these places. There is no position on the issue that spawned those illegal structures in the first place. Illegal structures spring up from the need of functional space, clearing them out seems negating the fact that the people that built them actually “need” the space. I find this a very banal attempt to beautify a hutong from the top. This project assumes that it is more desirable to provide shade in a courtyard than providing a functional bedroom, living room etc. I would love to see what the people that live there think of these canopies hanging over their courtyards. I would venture a guess that the canopies will give way to new illegal structures once the design week is over and the spotlight moves somewhere else.

    Rodrigo says:
  • It’s an installation. Not permanent. I’m sure the designers understood issues of sunlight.

    Greg says:
  • 用帆布帳篷比較實在,或者用防曬網,好看不中用不會長久的。

    rustoy says:

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