‘cai guo-qiang courtyard house’
all images © studio pei zhu chinese architectural firm studio pei zhu beautifully restored a single-storey merchant’s house –
the ‘cai guo-qiang courtyard’ – in a beijing hutong.the house, says zhu, is ‘about 200 years old. here, we have had the budget to create a house that belongs to
old beijing and to the modern city. it is simple, free of ornament. the houses, although narrow, are deep, you enter
into high-walled entrance courtyards and then into inner courtyards that are double-height living rooms.
behind the kitchens are gardens to coutyards. and on top of the bedrooms, we have roof terraces.
courtyards within courtyards, offering privacy, daylight and space.’
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