City and Typology

In Beijing, there are two distinct types of housing: The courtyard house and the high rise. While the courtyard house provides communal spaces, along with more private common spaces, there is a need for public spaces within the city. High rises are more successful at creating the necessary open ground area for public use, but their units can insulate people from neighbors and even family. By using a grid structure, this project attempts to blend the community aspects of the courtyard house with the public aspects of the high rise. The grid allows for a gradient of living that spans between the courtyard and the high-rise rather than demanding its inhabitants to fit into one of the two extremes.

Project Credits:
Principal in Charge: Sophia Chang