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Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

12:00 - 11 November, 2018
Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

Ten Courtyard House / Atelier ZAI

22:00 - 14 August, 2018
Public courtyard. Image © Kunpeng Liu
Public courtyard. Image © Kunpeng Liu

Courtyard added after renovation. Image © Kunpeng Liu Entrance front yard. Image © Kunpeng Liu Restaurant and workspace. Image © Kunpeng Liu Viewing public courtyard from room courtyard. Image © Kunpeng Liu + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongshicao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Kunpeng Liu, Shuyi Huang
  • Client

    Dasein
  • Area

    280.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Courtyard House in the North Cashijiang / xian Architects

22:00 - 4 August, 2018
Courtyard House in the North Cashijiang / xian Architects, © Ting Bai
© Ting Bai

© Ting Bai © Ting Bai © Ting Bai © Ting Bai + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Yanshi Wang
  • Structural Engineer

    Su Liu
  • Area

    430.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Dwelling in Hutong / MINOR lab

22:00 - 21 July, 2018
Dwelling in Hutong / MINOR lab, view from courtyard to entrance (with artificial light). Image © Hao Chen
view from courtyard to entrance (with artificial light). Image © Hao Chen

office space. Image © Hao Chen guestroom. Image © Hao Chen courtyard view. Image © Hao Chen view from roof top to the courtyard (in autumn). Image © Yichi Wang + 31

Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab

00:00 - 27 June, 2018
Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab, view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen
view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen

side view of office space at ground level. Image © Hao Chen exhibition space. Image © Yi-Chi Wang view from exhibition space to office through courtyard. Image © Hao Chen front view from hutong. Image © Hao Chen + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Sanjing Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architects

    Chen Liu, Yi-Chi Wang, Dan Zhao, Ping-Chen Yeh
  • Area

    255.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

V House of Dashilar / hyperSity

20:00 - 16 June, 2018
V House of Dashilar / hyperSity, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of hyperSity
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of hyperSity

Small Courtyard Atrium . Image Courtesy of hyperSity Children Play. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Second Floor Corridor. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Entrance. Image Courtesy of hyperSity + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xicheng, China
  • Lead Architect

    Yang Shi, Shaojun Li
  • Design Team

    Manyu Yin, Ling Yang, Gaoliang Zhang
  • Client

    Dashilar Transboundary Center
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018

10000/1 OFFICE / O architecture

22:00 - 24 May, 2018
Night view. Image © Weiqi Jin
Night view. Image © Weiqi Jin

Glass passages. Image © Weiqi Jin Courtyard. Image © Weiqi Jin Office. Image © Weiqi Jin Doorway. Image © Weiqi Jin + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gong Men Kou Si Tiao, Xicheng, Beijing, China
  • Area

    130.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Shanghai Jiabei Country Park West - Visitor Center / ECADI of Arcplus Group

20:00 - 21 May, 2018
© Wenyi Liu
© Wenyi Liu

© Wenyi Liu © Wenyi Liu © Wenyi Liu  © Wenyi Liu + 29

HUS V / Credohus

20:00 - 12 May, 2018
HUS V / Credohus, © Kayan Chow
© Kayan Chow

© Kayan Chow © Kayan Chow © Kayan Chow © Kayan Chow + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, China
  • Lead Architects

    Fangzhou Song
  • Design Team

    Xiaoxin Yin, Yinghua Wen, Jiancong Luo, Cihang Wang
  • Design Consultant

    Espen Tharaldsen, Sverre Øystein Woxen, Ole Rasmus Nygaard
  • Clients

    private client
  • Area

    380.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Suzhou Museum / I.M. Pei + Pei Partnership Architects

08:00 - 11 May, 2018
AD Classics: Suzhou Museum / I.M. Pei + Pei Partnership Architects, © Chenxing Mi
© Chenxing Mi

As one of the latest built works of acclaimed Pritzker architect I.M. Pei, Suzhou Museum was built in the heart of his hometown, Suzhou, China. As one of the last surviving modernists, the architect strove to bring together both his modernist sensibilities as well as the Suzhou vernacular. Sited on the northeast section of the historic quarter of Suzhou, the museum is adjacent to the landmarked Zhong Wang Fu, a complex of 19th-century historical residences, and the Garden of the Humble Administrator, a 16th-century garden listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. [1]

Images in this article were captured in 2016 by Rome-based photographer, Chenxing Mi. Read the full article after the break.

© Chenxing Mi © Chenxing Mi © Chenxing Mi © Chenxing Mi + 26

Damushan Valley Teahouse / DnA

02:00 - 8 May, 2018
Damushan Valley Teahouse / DnA, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Ziling Wang © Hao Chen © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 28

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songyang Damushan Tea Valley, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

    Tiantian Xu
  • Client

    Songyang Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
  • Lighting Design

    Zhang Xin Studio, Architecture Department of Tsinghua University
  • Area

    478.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Guest House in Kyoto / B.L.U.E. Architecture Design Studio

00:00 - 23 March, 2018
Guest House in Kyoto / B.L.U.E. Architecture Design Studio, © Toshiyuku Yano
© Toshiyuku Yano

© Toshiyuku Yano © Toshiyuku Yano © Toshiyuku Yano © Toshiyuku Yano + 59

Triangle Hotel / TAG

22:00 - 19 March, 2018
Courtyard. Image Courtesy of TAG
Courtyard. Image Courtesy of TAG

Lobby. Image Courtesy of TAG Balcony. Image Courtesy of TAG Courtyard. Image Courtesy of TAG Guest Room. Image Courtesy of TAG + 44

  • Architects

    TAG
  • Location

    Lijiang, Yunnan, China
  • Lead Architects

    Yanze Wang
  • Contractor

    Mu Naxi Construction Team
  • Area

    1027.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Courtyard Renovation at the White Pagoda Temple / Tsinghua University School of Architecture + maison h

17:00 - 5 March, 2018
© Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus

© Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus + 42

The Walled - Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

22:00 - 13 February, 2018
© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Baocheng Road, Hanjiang District, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect & Interior Designer

    Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Design Team

    Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu (Founding Partners, Principal in Charge), Federico Saralvo (Senior Associate), Ziyi Cao (Associate), Fong Huang (Senior Project Manager), Sela Lim (Senior Architectural Designer), Zhao Lei (Senior Architectural designer), Callum Holgate , Leyue Chen , Valentina Brunetti ( Senior Architectural Designer), Sean Shen, Xin Liu , Bin Zhu, Nicolas Fardet (Associate, product design), Yun Wang, Jin Zhang
  • Area

    4200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lijiang Back and Forward Boutique Hotel / NTYPE

19:00 - 8 February, 2018
Lijiang Back and Forward Boutique Hotel / NTYPE, Central Yard Night View. Image © Joao Lemos
Central Yard Night View. Image © Joao Lemos

Central Yard Day View. Image © Joao Lemos Facade Screen Casting Light and Shadow into the Room. Image © Joao Lemos Local Naxi Lady Walking Through the Corridor Connecting the Front and Back. Image © Joao Lemos Lobby. Image © Joao Lemos + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lijiang, Yunnan, China
  • Lead Architects

    Joao Lemos, Yang Yang
  • Design Team

    Fabio Paulo, Henrique Narciso, Huihui Zhou
  • Area

    703.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

12:00 - 3 February, 2018
© 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

BMLZ Villa Office / Tsutsumi & Associates

19:00 - 2 February, 2018
BMLZ Villa Office / Tsutsumi & Associates, © Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song
© Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song

© Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song © Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song © Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song © Hiromatsu Misa, Yuming Song + 50