The project is an office which is transformed from a traditional Beijing-style courtyard Siheyuan.
It is a difficult proposition to integrate a contemporary space attribute into the traditional Chinese courtyard. According to the traditional Chinese courtyard pattern, whether its relationship derived from the structural system, its form, as well as itself as a prototype, what can be extended is actually very limited.
Rebuild an exact the same old space in people’s memory is not the design purpose. RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang build a speculum that occupants can feel the experience of childhood in Beijing such as ‘roof hiking’ and ‘pigeons chasing’. However, more exciting thing here is that people can feel how futuristic it could be after these traditional elements reorganized.
Before Chinese roof has never been used as activity spaces,it was only a symbolic thing to emphasize the importance of the building. The renovation results in a roof with activity spaces.
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