An 18th-century courtyard building in Beijing has transformed into the YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten. The originally constructed in 1725 courtyard building is wrapped with a multi-layered urban play space while preserving the cultural heritage site. The project shows how contradictory elements of different historical periods can coexist harmoniously while maintaining their authenticity and individuality.
A Multi-layered Playful Urban Space
The kindergarten is situated next to a senior citizens’ apartment in Beijing, reflecting the client’s intergenerational integration ethos that blends pre-school education and elder care. The subject site consisted of an original 18th century Siheyuan courtyard, an adjacent replica courtyard built in the 1990s, and a four-story modern building. Following its completion at the end of 2019, the kindergarten now serves as a pre-school education space.
The new layer forms a floating roof that contrast dramatically with the grey roofs of the traditional buildings, but at the same time it connects a variety of independent spaces in unity. As it envelops the old courtyard, the new space adopts a low and gentle posture, with a flowing motion contrasting the strict, orderly layout of the historic structure. This tension, emerging from different dimensions in time, gives the building a renewed life. The new does not overshadow the old, while the past does not overtake the present …read more
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YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten
9,275 square metres
Gross Floor Area
10,778 square metres
Principal Partners in Charge
Ma Yansong, Dang Qun & Yosuke Hayano
China Academy of Building Research
Interior Design Firm
MAD Architects & Supercloud Studio
Shanghai Siyou Metallic Materials Co., Ltd.
Lumia Lighting Design
MAD Architects & ECOLAND Planning and Design Corporation