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Layering Courtyard in Beijing / ARCHSTUDIO

"Layering Yard" is hidden in a traditional commercial block near the Qianmen of Beijing, with an area of about 500 square meters. The original architecture was a quadrangle courtyard commercial building with the characteristics of houses in the Republican period.Compared with residential houses, the houses here are bigger and higher. There is a row of arched doors and windows on the south along the street, and two-story houses on the north. Before the renovation, the housing structure was completely rebuilt; with the courtyard there were no doors, windows or walls, but exposed rough wooden structure beams.

Multiple Function Room. Image © CreatAR Images

Architects: ARCHSTUDIO

Location: Qianmen, Beijing, China

Design Team: Wenqiang Han, Tao Huang

Area: 530.0 m2

Project Year: 2018

Photographs: CreatAR Images, Jin Weiqi

Structure Consultant: Fuhua Zhang

Hydropower Design: Baowei Zheng

Lighting Consultant: Tianhua Dong

Furniture Consultant: Guochao Song

Looking Down. Image © CreatAR Images

"Layering Yard" is hidden in a traditional commercial block near the Qianmen of Beijing, with an area of about 500 square meters. The original architecture was a quadrangle courtyard commercial building with the characteristics of houses in the Republican period.Compared with residential houses, the houses here are bigger and higher. There is a row of arched doors and windows on the south along the street, and two-story houses on the north. Before the renovation, the housing structure was completely rebuilt; with the courtyard there were no doors, windows or walls, but exposed rough wooden structure beams.
Generation Process

It is said that it was a brothel in the Republican period, then transformed into a bakery after the foundation of China, and later was left unused after the reconstruction. In the future, the building will be a complex for public activities and living. Therefore, while improving the quality of construction and infrastructure, this renovation focused on creating experience in particular scenes based on the Hutong environment, aiming to attract urban population who have increasingly diversified consumption demands.

Looking down. Image © CreatAR Images

A prominent feature of traditional architecture is the layering courtyard. In a quadrangle courtyard with three layers, a house's function changes as people entering each yard, the privacy gradually increases from outside to inside, giving people an impression of "deep courtyard". 

Courtyard Relationship. Image © CreatAR Images

The design was inspired by "multiple layering courtyard" in traditional spaces, thus the previous inner courtyard was changed into a "three-layered courtyard" in order to adapt to the transition from the public spaces to private spaces step by step, besides, the...
Source: Archdaily
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