The design aims at getting rid of the solemn and stereotyped impression given by Courtyard, and creating an open and active living atmosphere. Based on the existing layout of the courtyard, the undulated floor is used to connect indoor and outdoor spaces of different height. And it is extended to the inside of the house, twisting into walls and roof, thus creating dynamic connection between inside and outside space. What’s hidden within the curved wall is necessary auxiliary spaces such as kitchen, toilet and warehouse; while reception and dinning spaces are shown outside the curved wall and connect to the courtyard as a whole. Both indoor and outdoor floors are paved with gray brick. A hawthorn tree in the courtyard is kept and being part of the twisting landscape. The space give people an impression of the combination of the tradition courtyard architecture, essence of the Culture and new but still classical charm. The yard could be used as a residence or public space, such as office or private club, for public events such as recreation, meeting and gathering. Integrated furniture is used to enable the flexible switch of space scenes. Furniture boxes are inserted into the existing wood frames of east and west wings. Wood platform with lifting table hidden inside could be used as tearoom or bedroom. Bed wall and partitive soft curtain are also used in the main room on the north to meet multiple use requirements.
Located in Paizihutong, Dashilar Area, Beijing. The Dashilar Area it located stand to the southwest of Tian'An Men Square, is among the best conserved and largest historical and cultural districts, which is one of the 25 districts for historical and cultural conservation according to the urban plan of Beijing. As the most important local commercial center in Ming and Qing dynasties, Dashilar also represents the essence and root of the local culture.
1-2 mins walk distance to Beijing Fun, the Cultural Landmark of Beijing
10 mins car distance to Tian’an Men Square/Forbidden City (1.7km, 26 mins walk distance)
17 mins walk distance to The National Grand Theater(1.1km)
2 mins to the nearest Subway station(Qian’men Station, 360m)
12mins to the Temple of Heaven(3.8km)
15mins to the South Station(High-speed Rail Station, 5.6km)