Today we are going to show an extraordinary building that features Siheyuans, the structures arranging units around a courtyard, that is one of the most characteristic features of Chinese architecture. Twisting Courtyard was designed by Archstudio, that took on this immensely charged cultural heritage and gave it a twist with an industrial style.
This 161.5 m2 complex in Beijing features a red door that provides the single entrance for the modernized siheyuan, which immediately reveals itself as a skilled exercise in a flow.
“The lines of the dominating gray brick and earthy oak panels direct the gaze in a previous loop of energy circulating throughout the different buildings, while meticulously carved out curves allow for a sense of elevation.”
Siheyuans reflected Chinese culture’s ideas about the origin of the universe, with the different structures arranged according to the different elements in nature. All these considerations would highlight the significance of the courtyard, as the space where these elements would come alive.
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The curved wall that makes for the different heights of internal and external space conceals the siheyuan’s kitchen, toilet and warehouse.
The balance of tones and materials provides unique calm to the transition from private to public, and from historic to present.
Where the siheyuan was once a tool for seclusion and introversion, Archstudio has taken it apart to repurpose it as a tool for extroversion and integration. All in all, Archstudio has created one of our favorite house designs of all the time, due to its unique forms and philosophy.
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