skyview courtyard 观天院
Traditional east Shandong dwellings are typical courtyard houses. The proposal started with the intention of recreating this courtyard space, using traditional building systems.
The northern roof of the north house is maintained, while its southern roof is morphed into a continous surface with ridges of all houses and courtyard circular edge. The south wall with traditional styled gateway is preserved, in contrast with the elevated walls that support the new tiled roof via wood beams.
The north house is composed of two set of bedrooms, while east and west house serve as their bathrooms. The south house is a open space that accommodate kitchen and dining room.
A circular inner courtyard is introduced based on the rectangular plot boundary, providing a spiritual space that stares back into the sky.