ZAO/standardarchitecture: Micro Hutong

Micro Hutong represents the aggregation of a series of architectural reiterations, in which ZAO/standardarchitecture’s Zhang Ke has reimagined the hutong for the 21st century. Hutongs form a characteristic part of the historical architectural fabric of Beijing, comprising narrow laneways lined by siheyuan, traditional courtyard dwellings. In recent decades, many of Beijing’s hutongs have been demolished due to urban infrastructure projects and increased demands for high-density housing. In this light, ZAO/standardarchitecture’s Micro Hutong series of projects legitimizes hutong dwelling, as a viable mode of contemporary small-scale, intimate accommodation, whilst also preserving the significant heritage value of these unique cultural artefacts.

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