Zhang Ke slots work and play spaces into Beijing’s ancient hutong courtyards

Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity. Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished. The aim is

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Max Gerthel Studio covers former junkyard in Beijing hutong with inflatable canopy

Beijing Design Week 2016: Max Gerthel Studio has created an events pavilion that inflates and deflates to mimic a breathing octopus – joining the ranks of design practices to have made inflatable pavilions (+ movie). The Beijing-based studio created the structure to serve as an events pavilion for the Baitasi hutong area. It transformed a gated square, usually overflowing with trash, into a playful space More

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