in 2015, vector architects presented plans to transform a courtyard in beijing’s historic baitasi district. now, the first images documenting the completed project have been released. titled ‘courtyard hybrid’, the scheme forms part of a larger development that aims to restore and reactivate the neighborhood through a number of interventions by architects such as zhang ke of ZAO/standard architecture.

vector architects courtyard hybrid
all images by xia zhi © vector architects

 

 

the site was originally a dormitory constructed in the 1960s, with a cluster of other structures surrounding an irregularly shaped courtyard. vector architects restored the pitched roof of the former dormitory, and used laminated bamboo and timber for the site’s new additions. when the two entrances to the site are both open, the setting is turned into a thoroughfare that connects qingta hutong to the west and gongmenko sitiao to the east. in turn, this establishes the courtyard as an active public space for the neighborhood.

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the courtyard is located in beijing’s historic baitasi district

 

 

in order to further energize the historic site, the architects sought to introduce a range of public spaces articulated around the existing courtyard. the dormitory has been transformed into a gallery and event space capable of hosting a wide variety of functions, while a café and a multi-functional room are also included. the site’s hybrid programming intends to attract different users from different walks of life — thus ensuring a vibrant and diverse venue for the community.

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the site was originally a dormitory constructed in the 1960s

vector architects courtyard hybrid
a cluster of structures surround the open-air courtyard

vector architects courtyard hybrid
timber and laminated bamboo have been used for the project’s new elements

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the multi-functional venue features a range of different spaces

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the gallery and event space is capable of hosting a wide variety of programs

vector architects courtyard hybrid
a single tree grows at the center of the courtyard

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the design team restored the pitched roof of the former dormitory

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the architects sought to create a vibrant and diverse venue for the community

vector architects courtyard hybrid
the intervention connects qingta hutong to the west and gongmenko sitiao to the east

 

 

project info:

 

location: yard no. 22, baitasi gongmenkou sitiao, beijing, china
client: beijing huarong jinying investment & development co., ltd.
design firm: vector architects
principal architect: gong dong
construction management: dongping sun
project architect: kai zhang, chen liang
site architect: kai zhang
design team: pinchen ye, xiaokai ma, fei sun, muqiong liao, qiran shang, shoufeng zhao
structural & MEP engineering: china academy of building research
structural consultant: dewen chu
structure: timber structure
material: laminated bamboo slate, glass block, olga bay larch
building area: 155 sqm / 1,668 sqf
design period: march 2015 – july 2015
construction period: july 2015 – march 2017

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    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.

    architecture news