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Lai Yard in Beijing

Located in a Southern Hutong of Beijing, this hidden residential gem is brought back to life by chinese practice Ming Gu Design. For hundreds of years, the ‘Lai Yard’ has stood in the alley and near the ancient city wall — listed as a protected building that needs restoration. at the north of the original house, two-pseudo architectures have been built to create three enclosed courtyards interwoven with an intimate group of trees. Objectively speaking, the studio has witnessed unsophisticated and archaic site conditions that do not reflect the ancients’ works. regardless, the residence still reflects the memory and desire for traditions by today’s community. 

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