Courtyard Environmental Performance Analysis of Yung Ho Chang's Split House

Hing wah Chau, Victor Bunster, Masa Noguchi

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Yung Ho Chang is an influential contemporary Chinese architect. He is the founder of the Graduate Centre of Architecture at Peking University and was the Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of his most famous works is the Split House built in Beijing whose V-shaped layout aims to embrace an open courtyard. During the conceptual stage, Chang produced a series of diagrams to explore different geometrical configurations. This study aims to compare the performance of these different alternatives in order to assess whether environmental factors were addressed in their full potential. Accordingly, air-flow and shading analysis were conducted and contrasted against the performance of the final configuration. The importance of visualisation of such performance measures during early stages of the design process is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZEMCH 2016 International Conference Proceedings
EditorsArman Hashemi
Place of PublicationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PublisherZEMCH Network
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-967-11236-9-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventZEMCH 2016 International Conference - Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 20 Dec 201623 Dec 2016


ConferenceZEMCH 2016 International Conference
CityKuala Lumpur
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  • contemporary Chinese architecture
  • Yung Ho Chang
  • air flow analysis
  • shading analysis
  • Split House

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