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Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

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."

Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Mingming ZhangCave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects. Image Courtesy of hyperSity ArchitectsFuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing. Image Courtesy of Atelier ArchmixingTwisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin + Ning Wang+ 18

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 1950s 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.


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Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture

Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Mingming Zhang
Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Mingming Zhang

Zhu’an Residence / Zhaoyang Architects

Zhu’an Residence / Zhaoyang Architects. Image © Hao Chen
Zhu’an Residence / Zhaoyang Architects. Image © Hao Chen

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

Courtyard House Plugin en Masse – Second Phase / People's Architecture Office. Image Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtyard House Plugin en Masse – Second Phase / People's Architecture Office. Image Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)

One Person Gallery / Wutopia Lab

One Person Gallery / Wutopia Lab. Image © SHAO Feng
One Person Gallery / Wutopia Lab. Image © SHAO Feng

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Fangfang Tian
Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Fangfang Tian

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Architects
Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Architects

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab. Image © CreatAR
Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab. Image © CreatAR

Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office

Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office. Image © Shengliang Su
Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office. Image © Shengliang Su

Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio

Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio. Image © Chaoying Yang + Su Chen
Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio. Image © Chaoying Yang + Su Chen

Bamboo Forest on the Roof / V STUDIO

Bamboo Forest on the Roof / V STUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin
Bamboo Forest on the Roof / V STUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin

Yi She Mountain Inn / DL Atelier

Yi She Mountain Inn / DL Atelier. Image © Haiting Sun
Yi She Mountain Inn / DL Atelier. Image © Haiting Sun

Shidao Resort / Duoxiang Studio

Shidao Resort / Duoxiang Studio. Image © Haiting Sun + Chen Bai
Shidao Resort / Duoxiang Studio. Image © Haiting Sun + Chen Bai

Fuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing

Fuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing. Image Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing
Fuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing. Image Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing

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

Xiezuo Hutong Capsule Hotel in Beijing / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio. Image © Ruijing Photo
Xiezuo Hutong Capsule Hotel in Beijing / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio. Image © Ruijing Photo

HE-Restaurant / GOA

HE-Restaurant / GOA. Image Courtesy of GOA
HE-Restaurant / GOA. Image Courtesy of GOA

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin + Ning Wang
Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin + Ning Wang

Teahouse in Hutong / ARCHSTUDIO

Teahouse in Hutong / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang
Teahouse in Hutong / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang

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Cite: Editorial Team. "Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China" 26 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/887961/best-modern-examples-of-ancient-courtyard-renovations-in-china> ISSN 0719-8884
Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Fangfang Tian

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