Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - FacadeYard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Facade, WindowsYard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Table, Windows, ChairYard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Windows, BedroomYard under the Tree / Evolution Design - More Images+ 28

Beijing, China
More SpecsLess Specs
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Windows
facade of the lower courtyard. Image © Yunfeng Shi

Text description provided by the architects. What kind of architecture is needed for the revival of the countryside has always been the focus of Evolution Design.

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Windows, Facade
yard under the tree. Image © Yunfeng Shi
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Windows, Facade, Courtyard
outdoor dining space in the evening. Image © Yunfeng Shi

"Yard under the Tree" stands under plenty of poplar trees, surrounded by walnut trees and a large vegetable field. The name of the project, Yard under the Tree, comes from the site environment. We wanted to create an open courtyard that accommodates the surrounding trees, mountains and activities of the users.

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Image 10 of 33
yard under trees. Image © Yunfeng Shi
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Facade
two trees in the living room courtyard. Image © Yunfeng Shi

The existing old building is the core of the whole courtyard. Due to uninhabited and disrepair, the structure is unstable, the wood is corroded, and the interior space is depressed and gray, which is not in line with the current aesthetic and quality of life. However, the original style of the building is quite typical, which is the memory symbol of local dwellings.

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Facade, Windows, Beam
old buildings used as public space. Image © Yunfeng Shi

How to treat traditional architecture is always an important problem in rural construction projects. As a large agricultural country in the past, the nostalgia of Chinese culture is concentrated in the countryside. "original taste" is no doubt a continuation of memory, but there are a variety of problems. Urbanites who come from the countryside yearn for the traditional way of life and hope to enjoy the convenience of modernization. We disapprove of "anti-modern" performances and recognize the value of Shared memory and emotion. Therefore, we take the old house as the core of the space and use symbolic symbols to satisfy visitors' yearning for "original ecology".

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Facade, Chair, Windows
living room and terrace under the tree. Image © Yunfeng Shi
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Table, Chair
living room. Image © Yunfeng Shi
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Table, Windows, Chair
living room in daytime. Image © Yunfeng Shi

The elevation difference between the east and west of the site enriches the shape of the courtyard space. We designed the upper and lower parts according to the terrain. At the boundary of the terrace, the old and new buildings are joined by a corridor that extends from the outside to the interior of the building, blurring the boundary between the courtyard and the interior. The inner courtyard preserves the original trees and surrounds them with living rooms and tea rooms. Through a large area of open Windows, the trees in the courtyard spring into view, creating a pleasant scene of life under the trees.

Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Windows, Bedroom
family room with an attic. Image © Yunfeng Shi
Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design - Glass, Handrail
looking at the old building from the new building. Image © Yunfeng Shi

Project gallery

See allShow less
About this office
Cite: "Yard under the Tree / Evolution Design" 31 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/931106/yard-under-the-tree-evolution-design> ISSN 0719-8884

aerial view. Image © Yunfeng Shi

树下院,北京张家庄村 / 空间进化

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.