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Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China
© Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides."

Traditionally, heyuans were large single-family homes, built to house multiple generations of descendants, thus the essential gathering place for micro-communities. Today, however, many heyuans in China are faced with the challenges of encroaching urban development. The national reforms of the 1950’s divided up many existing courtyards to be occupied by multiple families and groups, exhausting ancient sanitation systems nationwide. These practical circumstances together with market-driven conditions have sparked a renewed interest among architects, to upgrade the conditions of these ancient courtyards and explore the spatial and conceptual possibilities of the typology within their fast-changing urban fabric. Scroll down for a selection of projects that will refresh your understanding of Chinese courtyards.

© Mingming Zhang Courtesy of hyperSity Architects Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing © Weiqi Jin, Ning Wang + 17

Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture

© Mingming Zhang
© Mingming Zhang

Xiezuo Hutong Capsule Hotel / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

© Ruijing Photo
© Ruijing Photo

Courtyard House Plugin en Masse – Second Phase / People's Architecture Office

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)

One Person Gallery / Wutopia Lab

© Feng Shao
© Feng Shao

Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office

© Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

Zhu’an Residence / Zhaoyang Architects

© Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China, © Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects

Courtesy of hyperSity Architects
Courtesy of hyperSity Architects

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

© CreatAR
© CreatAR

Bamboo Forest on the Roof / V STUDIO

© Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin

Teahouse in Hutong / ARCHSTUDIO

© Ning Wang
© Ning Wang

Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio

© Chaoying Yang, Su Chen
© Chaoying Yang, Su Chen

Yi She Mountain Inn / DL Atelier

© Haiting Sun
© Haiting Sun

Shidao Resort / Duoxiang Studio

© Haiting Sun, Chen Bai
© Haiting Sun, Chen Bai

Fuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing

Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing
Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

© Weiqi Jin, Ning Wang
© Weiqi Jin, Ning Wang

HE-Restaurant / GOA

Courtesy of GOA
Courtesy of GOA

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Cite: AD Editorial Team. "Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China" 03 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/887961/best-modern-examples-of-ancient-courtyard-renovations-in-china/> ISSN 0719-8884