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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

Renovation  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Atelier ZAI
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Courtyard House in the North Cashijiang / xian Architects

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

Renovation  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project xian Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

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

Renovation  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

Refurbishment  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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 Authors of this architecture project hyperSity
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

Renovation  · 
Xicheng, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project O architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

Houses  · 
Dongguan, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Credohus
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

Lishui, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

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

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

Refurbishment  · 
Kyoto, Japan

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

Hotels  · 
Lijiang, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project TAG
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

Small Scale  · 
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

Hotels  · 
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

Hotels  · 
Lijiang, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project NTYPE
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

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

BMLZ Villa Office / Tsutsumi & Associates

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Tsutsumi & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017