Explore contemporary architecture in Beijing’s hutongs on our new Pinterest board

Our latest Pinterest board features innovative architecture in Beijing’s historic hutongs, including radical transformations of traditional courtyard houses such as this one by Chinese architect MAD. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest or visit our hutongs board to see more examples. Once common in Beijing and other northern Chinese cities, hutongs are narrow streets or alleys formed […]

Hutong Bubble 218 by MAD gives “new life” to ageing Beijing hutong

MAD has transformed a vacant courtyard house in one of Beijing’s ancient hutongs by adding two bubble-like workspaces to its roof. Named Hutong Bubble 218, the overhaul is hoped to revive the hutong – a type of alley formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences – and attract more people to the neighbourhood in the […]

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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