Arch Studio surrounds holiday house in China with covered courtyards

A brick holiday home in Tangshan, China designed by Arch Studio has four external terraces partially sheltered under a pitched roof. Replacing a demolished wooden dwelling, the site is near to an organic food plant and a Buddhist shrine also completed by Arch Studio. Aptly named Courtyard Villa, the holiday home is an inversion of […]

Green ceramic tiles cover extension of a house in rural China

Wonder Architects have used pale green ceramic tiles to clad a house extension in Yangqing, China, that mirrors the form of its traditional neighbours. Called Intertwine House, the building closely resembles the dimensions and pitched roofs of the village’s existing houses, so old and modern architecture sit side by side. Wonder Architects said they wanted to […]

Arch Studio reconnects a series of neglected Beijing houses with rooftop walkways

Chinese practice Arch Studio has completely rebuilt a group of old brick and concrete structures in Beijing, joining them together with a “folding” circulation route that reimagines their flat roofs as walkways. Divided into five blocks built by recycling the original building’s bricks and arranged between green yards, the building – called Folding Courtyard – […]

AZL Architects wraps wheelchair ramp around multi-generational house

AZL Architects has completed Song House, a concrete five-bedroom house adapted to the needs of its elderly and infirm occupants in the rural village of Nansong, China. The three-storey countryside residence was designed to provide comfort and accessible living conditions for a couple in their 50s. It is also home to three older family members, a […]

Curved roof transforms Free Balcony An into an elevated tearoom

Drawing Architecture Studio has enclosed the balcony of a two-bedroom apartment in Beijing to make it resemble the front facade of a typical detached house. The balcony stands out against the neighbouring balconies in the residential development, with its curved roof and rectangular dormer window. Named Free Balcony An – as balcony spaces are not […]

MDDM Studio completes House on the Great Wall in China

Beijing-based MDDM Studio has extended a house near the Great Wall of China by transforming a nearby storage unit into minimalist living quarters.  The extension – which is aptly titled House on the Great Wall – has contemporary living spaces set amongst aged stone walls. It was previously an unassuming building that has been used […]

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