People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plugin

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People’s Architecture Office

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Courtyard House Plugin

PeoplePeople's Architecture Office
Tiaozhou Hutong, Yard No.37 Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China 100051
www.peoples-architecture.com
Category:
Retrofitting and refurbishment
Project selected:
Courtyard House Plugin
Location:
Beijing, China
Year:
2014
Winner of Retrofitting and Refurbishment category

Jury motivation: An ingenious system that not only solves the demographic issues but also inspires the whole new community life.

The award-winning Courtyard House Plugin is essentially a house within a house. It is a prefabricated building system for inserting modern living conditions into dilapidated courtyard houses. This alternative approach to urban renewal does not require tearing down existing structures or relocating residents. Currently, over a dozen Courtyard House Plugins have been built with more under construction. It is part of Dashilar Project, an initiative aimed at rejuvenating an historic district in the center of Beijing.
People’s Architecture Office has developed a proprietary prefabricated panel that can snap and lock together with a single hex wrench. The panels are light, easy to handle, and inexpensive to ship. A few people can construct a complete Plugin structure in one day, requiring no special skills or training. The result is a well-sealed and insulated interior that reduces energy use by one third. ‘Plugging in’ is half the cost of renovating and about a fifth of the cost of building a new courtyard house.
In China vast areas are still being torn down, forcing people from their homes, severing social ties in tight-knit communities, and erasing traces of a rich and tumultuous history. The Courtyard House Plugin offers an alternative option. Its simplicity and low cost give local residents access to participate in the process of upgrading their city and preserving their heritage.

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People’s Architecture Office

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Beijing-based People’s Architecture Office was founded by He Zhe, James Shen and Zang Feng in 2010, and consist of an international team of architects, engineers, product designers and urbanists. The studio has been honored with international awards including multiple Architizer A+ Awards and Red Dot Awards as well as the World Architecture Festival Award.
With the belief that design is for the masses, PAO aims to be conceptually accessible and culturally pragmatic. Our work is always socially motivated. The office is a historic courtyard house in the center of Beijing and functions as a laboratory for observation, testing, and building. People’s Architecture Office draws inspiration from social and cultural issues that arise from practicing in one of the most tumultuous and lively locations today.
In collaboration with our sister company People’s Industrial Design Office, PAO strives to integrate product design and architecture. We view this as a way of bringing architecture to a broader public.

Main projects:
– Courtyard House Plugin, Beijing, China
– Tubular Baitasi, Beijing, China
– People’s Canopy , Preston, Lancashire, England
– 21 Cake Headquarters, Beijing, China
– River Heights Pavilion, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China
– River Heights Residences, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China
– Juxing Tower Showroom, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China
– Container Stack Pavilion, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China

Work in progress:
– Baitasi Street Façade Renovation, Beijing, China
– Courtyard House Plugin, Beijing,China
– Dali Village UNESCO Office, Guizhou Province, China
– Dali Village Information Center, Guizhou Province, China
– Qiyun Mountain Courtyard Renovation, Huangshan, China
– Kolkata Chinatown Urban Rejuvenation Project
– Cangzhou Planning Exhibition Hall, Hebei Province, China

Project selected for Archmarathon: Courtyard House Plugin



Courtyard House Plugin

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People’s Architecture Office

Photos courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plugin

PeoplePeople's Architecture Office
Tiaozhou Hutong, Yard No.37 Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China 100051
www.peoples-architecture.com
Category:
Retrofitting and refurbishment
Project selected:
Courtyard House Plugin
Location:
Beijing, China
Year:
2014

The award-winning Courtyard House Plugin is essentially a house within a house. It is a prefabricated building system for inserting modern living conditions into dilapidated courtyard houses. This alternative approach to urban renewal does not require tearing down existing structures or relocating residents. Currently, over a dozen Courtyard House Plugins have been built with more under construction. It is part of Dashilar Project, an initiative aimed at rejuvenating an historic district in the center of Beijing.
People’s Architecture Office has developed a proprietary prefabricated panel that can snap and lock together with a single hex wrench. The panels are light, easy to handle, and inexpensive to ship. A few people can construct a complete Plugin structure in one day, requiring no special skills or training. The result is a well-sealed and insulated interior that reduces energy use by one third. ‘Plugging in’ is half the cost of renovating and about a fifth of the cost of building a new courtyard house.
In China vast areas are still being torn down, forcing people from their homes, severing social ties in tight-knit communities, and erasing traces of a rich and tumultuous history. The Courtyard House Plugin offers an alternative option. Its simplicity and low cost give local residents access to participate in the process of upgrading their city and preserving their heritage.

(ratings closed)