The project is situated at the main house in Qingping Hutong, Beijing; known locally as a da-za-yuan, which translates as “big messy courtyard shared by several houses”. The owner’s parents both live in the property, suffer from Alzheimer disease, which their mother being wheelchair bound. This meant that keeping the traditional Chinese courtyard house, exploring the concept of co-living between the young and elderly, and designing a comfortable home, all within a limited living space was the main objective. The project answers the questions which China has in accommodating an increasingly aging population.
▼阳光下的建筑外观，exterior under the sun light
▼入口处的无障碍坡，barrier free ramp at the entrance
▼客厅和餐厅，living room and dining room
▼通往加建的二楼的楼梯，设有垂直遮阳，stairs to the additional second floor with vertical blinds
▼从二楼看向客厅，overlooking the living room from the second floor
▼加建的二层内的卧室，bedroom in the additional second floor
▼通往屋顶花园的楼梯，stairs to the rooftop garden
▼厨房上方的屋顶花园，roof garden on the kitchen
▼厨房里的屋顶天窗，roof window in the kitchen
▼夜晚建筑外观，exterior in the night
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
▼空间变化分析，space transform analysis
▼无障碍设计，barrier free design
The plan was to construct an additional steel roof at the base whilst keeping the hutongs original wooden structure – with the new steel structure expanding the living space by allowing for a second floor. The architects resolved common poor lighting conditions found in traditional hutongs by increasing the size of the windows on the facade, incorporating louvers into staircases, and implementing a playful circular sky light into the kitchen. These design features not only add character to the new home, but allows for light to pour into the interior spaces from all angles.
Vibrant plants and greenery flow up from the courtyard floor in a “Z” like manner, and onto the kitchen rooftop that surrounds the skylight. The head of CAA, Liu Haowei describes this feature as “Old Beijing walking in the sky”
The result is a project that follows CAA’s core values; embracing the constrains of unique sites, and elegantly balancing between historic preservation and modern living. The Qingping Hutong House integrates light, openness and contemporary style into a limited space, creating a new hutong lifestyle for all.
Location: Beijing, China
Project Year: 2016
Architect in Charge: Liu Haowei
Area: 90 m2
Photographs: Huo Cheng