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pentahouse courtyard 五房院





Traditional east Shandong dwellings are typical courtyard houses. This proposal aims to transform a set of courtyard house into a generational family house.

The uniform house massing is broken down into five pitched roof units, each of which serving a function: kitchen and living room to the south, parent house with children suite, and grandparent house to the north, a tea pavilion to the west. These five houses are connected with circulation and service programs that take form of flat roofs.

The pitched roof houses are thatched ‘seaweed houses’that use local building techniques. The flat roof slabs are cast below beams to achieve a clean concrete ceiling. Soil is infilled in ceiling cavities and wood planks are applied on top. The roofs have become a continous surface that one can walk on. 

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