A derelict courtyard residence gets revitalized with a sinuous, glass-walled pathway.
When Beijing-based firm ARCHSTUDIO first encountered this traditional residence in an old neighborhood, it “presented a bleak view,” says the firm. The home, a siheyuan, is of a typology that typically comprises four buildings surrounding a courtyard. This particular property had seven pitched-roof buildings and three courtyards, but the former were dilapidated, the latter overgrown and filled with construction debris.
ARCHSTUDIO’s goals for the project were simple: “to renovate the old and insert the new.” To that end, the project team first rehabilitated the old structures on the site, repairing surfaces and reinforcing key architectural elements, all with the aim of “reproducing the appearance of a traditional siheyuan,” says the firm.
Before: Entry and Front Courtyard
After: Entry and Front Courtyard
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