Micro Yuan'er, Beijing 微杂院
04 December 2015

Cha’er hutong is a quiet spot among the busy Dashilar area, situated one kilometer from the Forbidden City in the city centre of Beijing. The #8 Cha’er Hutong courtyard is a typical “Da-Za-Yuan”—big messy courtyard—once occupied by over a dozen families. Over the past fifty years, each family built a small add-on kitchen in the courtyard. These add-on structures are usually considered as urban scrap and all of them have been wiped out with the renovation practices during the past years.

Different from the conventional redevelopment strategies, by redesigning, renovating and reusing the add-on structures in the hutong courtyards, the project allows Beijing citizens and the government to see new and sustainable possibilities for how to put our messy additions to good use. Maybe they can be recognized as cultural relics and critical layers of recent Beijing’s hutong life rather than things that should be erased entirely.

Project Data   

Name: “Micro Yuan’er" Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre 
Location: No.8 Cha'er Hutong, Dashilar, Beijing, China 
Built Area: 145  m² 
Design/Construction: 2012/2014 
Firm: ZAO/standardarchitecture 
Architect: Zhang Ke 
Project Team: Zhang Mingming, Fang Shujun, Ao Ikegami, Huang Tanyu, Ilaria Positano, Wang Ping, Chang Zhehui 





建筑面积:145 m²
项目团队:张明明,方书君,池上碧,黄探宇,Ilaria Positano,王平,常哲辉
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