Wonder Architects is a Seoul-based design firm specializing in architecture and urbanism. The firm was founded in 2011 and is headed by Yoontaek Lim and Hyundai Kim, who bring extensive international experiences through architecture firms located in Seoul and New York respectively. Since Fall 2016, Wonder Architects is solely run by founding partner Yoontaek Lim.
The term ‘hutong’ refers to the alleyways formed by lines of the traditional courtyard houses that once populated Beijing. In response to the city’s lack of architectural variety, Wonder Architects renovated a traditional hutong dwelling to create the ‘Tsou’ residence, both preserving and updating an icon of Chinese architecture. As a result of the contemporary housing crisis, traditional hutongs have been replaced by concrete towers which lack in individuality. In order to preserve a part of Beijing’s architectural history, Wonder Architects have utilized the framework of the original hutong structure and renovated it to produce an open, light and modern home. The layout of the dwelling has been re-designed to maximize space. Further courtyard gardens have been extended to blur the boundaries between the architecture and the landscape.
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