vector architects presents renovated courtyard scheme for beijing design week
in this courtyard house renovation, vector architects explores the relationships between old and new styles of living and construction. presented during the 2015 edition of beijing design week, the scheme is articulated around a central courtyard, which as the architects explain, represents a certain stage in history: ‘the existing ‘za yuan’ (chaotic yard) is a policy outcome after liberation. its cultural traces and values should be properly respected in the urban renovation, while the cluttered living condition needed to be refined and improved.’
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conceived as a catalytic urban intervention, the carefully delineated space contains private and secluded areas alongside communal recreational programs. led by architect gong dong, the design team refers to this as ‘hybrid living’ — a type of behavior more suited to today’s urban environment.
the project explores the relationships between old and new styles of both living and construction
in terms of its construction, the renovation strictly follows the order of the existing urban fabric. the modifications involved the complete overhaul of the north building, and the replacement the low quality temporary structure in the courtyard with a new bamboo-built installation.
a tree is found at the center of the renovation
the structure’s transparency and permeability ensures natural lighting and ventilation, while simultaneously creating a distinct spatial experience. individual components were prefabricated in the factory before being assembled on site, minimizing construction disturbance.
the renovation strictly follows the order of the existing urban fabric
the structure’s permeability ensures natural lighting and ventilation
individual components were prefabricated in the factory before being assembled on site
an aerial view of the renovated courtyard
models are presented at beijing design week 2015
site: beijing, china
design company: vector architects
area: 240 sqm
total floor area: 155 sqm
building floors: 1
design period: march, 2015 – july, 2015
construction period: july, 2015
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