If you're like me and love watching martial arts movies and cultural films for their depictions of food, lifestyle, costume and shelter, you can envision how this 200 year merchant courtyard house (above) must have looked in its prime. If you're also like me and love modern architecture, global culture and design, you will really appreciate how Studio Pei-Zhu, a husband and wife architect firm, renovated this house so that it "belongs to old beijing and to the modern city." Studio Pei-Zhu describes the house (below) as, "Simple, free of ornament. The houses, although narrow, are deep, you enter into high-walled entrance courtyards and then into inner courtyards that are double-height living rooms. Behind the kitchens are gardens to courtyards and on top of the bedrooms, there are roof terraces...courtyards within courtyards, offering privacy, daylight and space." I'm in love with this courtyard house! Via Designboom.