Floating Courtyard




The project is transformed from an old house with two floors above the ground and one floor basement. Vacant space attached to the house is distributed around the building. The only difference between this villa and its neighbor buildings is that the vacant space on the east side is a gentle slope of 70 cm difference, which makes the project interesting in this villa area.


entrance 入口


entrance facing inside 主入口面向内院


courtyard 庭院






The building was defined in an abstract way at the beginning of the design process. The idea is to create a place with invisible life boundary and to integrate each unit into a new space. Living area in this project can be extended to all corners.


The space is defined by the floating bare concrete wall, as well as the platform. A gap is formed between the slope and the new space. It is the gap that makes the entire space floating in the air, detached from the original environment and became a new realm. Different trees and rocks are placed in the space. Only the clear glass divides the interior from the exterior. 


sunken yard 下沉庭院

analysis 分析图


model 模型照片


ramp to rooftop 通往屋面的坡道


floating courtyard 漂浮的院子




The new space that is detached from the ground seems to be outside the community. Two sunken courtyards provide nature and transparency. Besides, they bring varies of spatial levels into the architecture volume and define the space above the ground. Heaviness and strength is increased in this horizontal space. All the 25 meter-concrete side walls are floating in the air. It creates special tension because of the physical weight of concrete. The courtyard is extended to the outer space and connected with outside, which makes the courtyard far-reaching. One can always get peace and comfort from strength and emptiness while sitting and walking in it. A unique life poetry is created.


concrete corridor 混凝土连廊


top floor painting studio 顶层画室


tea room 茶室


staircase to painting studio 通往画室的楼梯




This is a new space generates large amount of freeness. Semi-outdoor space and courtyards are interwoven with each other, creating a rich interior environment with constantly changing light. Contrary to the urban space, it is easy to acquire quietness and avoid the noise from the city. A new semi-outdoor landscape is created in the living context. The new space is designed for life. The  new lifestyle is generated through layers of spatial quality.


Site Plan 总图

1F 一层平面


2F 二层平面

B1 地下层平面

ROOF 屋面平面

1-1 section 1-1剖面

2-2 section 2-2剖面

3-3 section 3-3剖面

4-4 section 4-4剖面





设计单位 : TAOA陶磊建筑

官方网站 : http://www.i-taoa.com/

联系邮箱 : s@i-taoa.com

公司地址 : 北京

建成时间 : 2018

项目地址 : 北京市

主创建筑师 : 陶磊

建筑师邮箱 : s@i-taoa.com


摄影师 : 陶磊         

摄影师网站 : http://www.i-taoa.com/

摄影师邮箱 : s@i-taoa.com


设计团队:陶磊 陈真 康伯州 李京 张婧泓






General Information

Project Name:Floationg Courtyard

Architecture Firm:TAOA陶磊建筑


Contact e-mail:s@i-taoa.com

Firm Location:Beijing

Completion Year:2018

Project location: Beijing, China

Lead Architects: Tao Lei

Lead Architects e-mail: s@i-taoa.com

Media Provider

Photo credits: Tao Lei          

Photographer’s website:http://www.i-taoa.com/

Photographer’s e-mail: s@i-taoa.com

Additional Credits

Design Team: Tao Lei, Chen Zhen, Kang Bozhou, Li Jing, Zhang Jinghong

Engineering: Team Li Yi

Landscape: TAOA陶磊建筑


Construction: Team Sheng Changwei