Studio Arquitectos creates holiday home-like apartments for Tulum’s permanent residents

Mexican firm Studio Arquitectos has created a residential apartment complex in popular Mexican holiday resort Tulum, featuring shared courtyards and traditional Mayan materials. Dismayed by the disproportionate focus on holiday housing by real estate developers, principal architect Eduardo Garcia Figueroa imagined Aldea Ka’a “with a design equal to any other aimed for tourists”. The 873-square-metre […]

Vector Architects creates public space with Changjiang Art Museum

The pale brick volume of the Changjiang Art Museum by Vector Architects includes a raised public square and footbridge for the city of Taiyuan. The museum is located in Changjian village at the northeast corner of the city  in Shanxi Province, in an area that was largely demolished in 2016 to make way for rapid […]

Japanese house has hidden courtyards for growing fruit and drying laundry

Three internal courtyards in a timber-clad bungalow designed by Osaka-based practice Arbol in Akashi, Japan, provide space for growing food and drying clothes. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, the rooms of minimalist House in Akashi turn inwards to these courtyards, with only a few small openings made in the wood-clad elevations looking out to the […]

Gosize designs its own home studio in Japan around a minimalist pond

Japanese practice Gosize has combined an architects’ studio with a house in a concrete frame with large openings around a small courtyard with a simple pond in Hyōgo, Japan. Called F Residence, the home office sits between two existing houses on a suburban street. Different spaces are split over three levels according to their function. […]

Jeff Svitak arranges San Diego apartment block around open courtyards and decks

Built over the Louisiana Purchase restaurant, The Louisiana apartment complex in San Diego is constructed around a series of open courtyards and expansive timber-clad decks. San Diego studio Jeff Svitak designed the 15 apartments and on-site restaurant, which are both named after the location on Louisiana Street in the upcoming North Park neighbourhood. The housing is […]

Indoor courtyards interrupt Restaurant y Sea in northeast China

Greenery-filled courtyards and waffle ceilings bring light to the interiors of this concrete restaurant, which Vector Architects has erected near the shore of Beidaihe, China. Restaurant y Sea has been designed by Vector Architects with a series of permeable dining spaces which are meant to turn the blocky concrete building into a pavilion-like open structure. […]

Tomohiro Hata’s Loop House faces inwards onto a central courtyard

Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates built Loop House around a planted central courtyard in pursuit of peace and quiet for a dense urban site in Hyogo, Japan. A series of elevated veranda spaces overlook the courtyard in a design that is an inversion of the Katsura Imperial Villa. The historic villa in Kyoto has a […]

Challenge Design’s metal-clad kindergarten folds around a courtyard

Metal shingles cover the folding forms of the Park Legend Kindergarten in Chengdu, China, built by Challenge Design to mimic the peaks of nearby mountains. The kindergarten is surrounded by a small green area in the busy urban landscape of Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area. Challenge Design wanted to avoid creating too much enclosure, so designed […]

Archi-Union references calligraphy in curving tiled roof of Inkstone House cultural centre

Shanghai studio Archi-Union Architects mimics traditional Chinese calligraphy in its latest project, a rural cultural centre in Sichuan province, featuring a sweeping tiled roof that flows into a central courtyard. Inkstone House OCT Linpan Cultural Center is located in Anren, an ancient town in Dayi County. Archi-Union Architects designed the building to celebrate the heritage and customs […]

Bridges link two sides of Split House in Israel by Pitsou Kedem Architects

A courtyard divides this house that Pitsou Kedem Architects has built in the Savyon district of Israel, but elevated walkways and ramps connect the two sides. The two-storey Split House is fronted by gridded wooden screens, which allows dappled light to animate the 125-square-metre courtyard at the centre of the building. Described by the architects as the “heart” of […]

Zai’s Hutong Filter features a pixelated shingle wall overlooking a traditional courtyard

Hutong Filter is a studio added to a house in one of Beijing‘s traditional hutongs by architecture office Zai with pixel-style shingles and timber frames connecting to a communal courtyard. Beijing studio Zai, founded in 2018 by Yihang Zhang, introduced additional functional spaces to a house found within a courtyard typical of the city’s hutong neighbourhoods. It […]

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