Over the last few years, we’ve reported on the many ways traditional Chinese hutong courtyard housing has been reimagined: From giant bubbles courtesy of MAD Architects to prefab interventions, the remixes keep on coming.
Now, a courtyard home is getting the smart treatment, courtesy of Chinese studio Dot Architects. In Beijing’s Batasi neighborhood, the firm used open-source architecture platform WikiHouse to create the House of the Future, a tiny home with modular interiors inside a courtyard.
The house, which replaces an existing 30-square-meter (322-square-foot) residence on the site, was constructed as a prototype for tech company Whaley, according to Dezeen, and it sleeps three on fold-down beds built into movable walls. These walls, along with window shades and appliances throughout, can be controlled via a smart television in the unit.
Though the house is certainly tech-forward, and features the clean lines we’ve come to know and love in contemporary homes, its interiors have a classic beauty: Timber beams crisscross the peaked ceiling, and wood-paneled walls meet dark tile floors. Take a full look over at Dezeen.