Winner: Residential rebirth project 2020. Qishe Courtyard is a former abandoned hutong that has been converted into a house with curving glass walls arranged around internal courtyards in Beijing.
The courtyards originally contained seven wooden structures that were intact, but the roofs, walls and windows had fallen into disrepair. Instead of restoring the structures to their original form, the architects preserved the original materials but improved the circulation to connect the spaces into a single home.
While the facade and entrance has been largely preserved and rebuilt using the original grey bricks, contemporary elements have been added, including an arch-shaped glazing around the middle courtyard space.
The home features two tea rooms, a study, dining room and living room situated around the courtyards, which are sheltered by wooden roofs with exposed beams.
Judges comments: "This project is a collision of old and new. It preserves history for the future, whilst adding a sculptural element of modern times."