The name of the project, Yard under the Tree, comes from the site environment; the home is surrounded by poplar trees, walnut trees and a large vegetable field. The home was designed and built to accommodate the surrounding trees, mountains and views.
There was a much older old building that existed in the courtyard but had fallen into a state of disrepair and is not consistent with the bright open spaces most people want in their homes even though the original style of the building is quite typical … a memory symbol of local dwellings.
So, it wasn’t torn down and forgotten. The nostalgia of Chinese culture is concentrated in the countryside and this home’s "original taste" is no doubt a continuation of that memory, but there are a variety of problems. Urbanites who come to the countryside yearn for the traditional way of life and yet crave all the modern conveniences.So, the old house became the core of the space and the modern house was built around and beside it.
At the boundary of the terrace, the old and new buildings are joined by a corridor that extends from the outside to the interior of the building, blurring the boundary between the courtyard and the interior. The inner courtyard preserves the original trees and surrounds them with living rooms and tea rooms, open windows and terraces, and the original courtyard.
You live in old and new, and look out onto old and new.
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