Beijing's hutongs, narrow alleyways lined with courtyard residences, date back to the 13th century. Though many have been demolished over the years, some have been preserved or redeveloped. This new project by Chinese firm Arch Studio is a stellar example of the latter outcome, in which one derelict, roughly 4,850-square-foot hutong neighborhood has been converted into a modern tea house marked by light-filled corridors and airy tea rooms. In this transformation, parts of the original brick and timber elements have been retained, while a large swath of the space is now enclosed by curvy glass walls.
These dramatic glass curtains showcase refreshing bamboo forests, while helping to maintain interior temperatures. Do check out the full story and gallery over on Yatzer.