Designed by ZAO/standardarchitecture in 2014, this small-scale Beijing project enriches bonds amongst communities and revives Hutong life.
Micro Yuan’er Technical Information
- Architects: ZAO/standardarchitecture
- Location: Cha’er Hutong #8, Dashilar, Beijing, China
- Typology : Residential Architecture / Houses
Client: Dashilar Investment
- Project Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming, Fang Shujun
- Design Team: Ao Ikegami, Huang Tanyu, Dai Haifei, Zhao Sheng, Liu Xinghua
Size: Built area: 190 m2; Site area: 350 m2
- Project Year: 2014
- Photographs: © AKTC / ZAO/standardarchitecture, Su Shengliang
Under a big Chinese scholar tree, one of the former kitchens was redesigned into a six-metre-square miniature art space made from traditional bluish-grey brick. Through this small-scale intervention in the courtyard, bonds between communities have been strengthened and the Hutong life of local residents enriched.
Micro Yuan’er House Renovation Photographs
Micro Yuan’er description by the Architects
Cha’er Hutong is a quiet spot one kilometer from Tiananmen Square in the city center. Number 8 in this neighborhood, located near a major mosque, is a typical da-za-yuan (big-messy-courtyard) once occupied by over a dozen families. The courtyard is about 300-400 years old and once housed a temple that was then turned into residences in the 1950s.
Over the past fifty or sixty years, each family built a small add-on kitchen in the courtyard. Almost all of them have been wiped out with the renovation practices of the past years. In redesigning, renovating, and reusing the informal add-on structures instead of eliminating them, it was intended to recognize them as an important historical layer, and a critical embodiment of Beijing’s contemporary civil life in Hutongs has so often been neglected.
In concert with the families, a nine-meter-square children’s library built of plywood was inserted underneath an existing building’s pitched roof. Under a big Chinese scholar tree, one of the former kitchens was redesigned into a six-meter-square miniature art space made from traditional bluish-grey brick. Through this small-scale intervention in the courtyard, bonds between communities have been strengthened, and residents’ Hutong life enriched.
Micro Yuan’er Plans
Micro Yuan’er Gallery
- Source: Aga Khan Award for Architecture