Did you know that the structural principles of Chinese architecture, with the exception of decorative details, have remained largely unchanged. Since the Tang Dynasty, Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of throughout the region with little evolution.
Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, co-founders of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Tsao & McKown, are challenging a particular aspect of traditional Chinese architecture by re-interpreting the courtyard at the Astrid Hill House. (yes I did say house)
Largely constructed of wood and concrete, the Astrid Hill House divides different areas of the home into branching rooms that are connected by an open-air two-story atrium. The residential areas, office spaces, and entertaining areas are all located in individual branches; these branches can be shut down independently in order to conserve energy use when unoccupied. At the core of the branches is a lush atrium, where a tropical courtyard provides a calm, meditative space for the residents.
The Astrid Hill House pairs traditional Chinese architectural concepts with new age style to create a comfortable and dynamic home.