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Patio Vivo: Transforming Schoolyards into Learning Landscapes

The Patio Vivo Foundation seeks to promote active free play, positive and healthy relationships, wellbeing and contact with nature by articulating space, community and the culture of kindergarten and school playgrounds. In the following article, they describe their working methodology in their own words.

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

© 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

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects: Atelier ZAI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Courtyard House in the North Cashijiang / xian Architects

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects: xian Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  430
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Flos, A+Cafe, ming, thrudesign-ming

Dwelling in Hutong / MINOR lab

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects: MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  115
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects: MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  255
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

V House of Dashilar / 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

Xicheng, China
  • Architects: hyperSity
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

10000/1 OFFICE / O architecture

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

Xicheng, China
  • Architects: O architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

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

© Wenyi Liu
© Wenyi Liu

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

HUS V / Credohus

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

Dongguan, China
  • Architects: Credohus
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  380
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

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

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

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

  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  478
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

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

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

  • Architects: B.L.U.E. Architecture Design Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aica, Kawajun, AST, Futagami, Inoue Sudare , +6

Triangle Hotel / TAG

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

Lijiang, China
  • Architects: TAG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1027
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

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

© Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus

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

Xicheng Qu, China

Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

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

Yangzhou, China

Lijiang Back and Forward Boutique Hotel / NTYPE

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

Lijiang, China
  • Architects: NTYPE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  703
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

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 Zhang Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Architects Fuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing. Image Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin + Ning Wang + 18