Beijing | 2016
A historic courtyard house adjacent to the Forbidden City presented an incredible opportunity for reinvention. Existing historic elements are first preserved, and known elements restored. Then, a modern glass insertion sits within the historic structure like a vitrine, deferring both to the historic nature and location of the structure, while providing a beautiful and quiet contrast between old and new. The circulation of the courtyard house is linked to become a fully continuous loop, centered around a sculpted water stone.