Hidden on the eastern edge of a village in China‘s Yunnan province, amongst the rice fields, is this incredible courtyard house. The property is owned by a painter and his wife, and mimics the inward-looking character of the courtyard houses of the village with plenty of tranquil outdoor areas to find daily zen.
Designed by Zhaoyang Architects, the walls of the house are made of lime mixed pieces of straw – a very common form of rendering for external walls in the Dali region. Inside, the house is divided into private quarters to the north and a series of living areas and accommodation for a guest or live-in cleaner/cook to the south.
The Zhu’an residence features a whopping 9 courtyards of varying sizes and a long corridor offering quick access to the private quarters with a glimpse of the central shallow pond halfway. Relaxing, serene and architecturally stunning, it’s the perfect escape from the concrete jungle.
[via Arch Daily]