These crafty interventions in China and Hong Kong are a testament to out-of-the-box thinking.

The tile-clad addition to this existing home in Yangqing, China hosts the entry, dining room, and kitchen.

Whether the challenge is to fit three generations of a family in a 366-square-foot apartment or to salvage a historic house, the following projects are up to the task.

Starburst House by HAO Design Studio

HAO Design Studio exploits the awkward angles created by dramatic sloping ceilings in a 1,259-square-foot apartment in Beijing’s Haidian District by inserting a lofted mezzanine and tucking living spaces beneath it.

The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen spaces are located on the ground floor.

The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen spaces are located on the ground floor.

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Qishe Courtyard by ARCHSTUDIO

ARCHSTUDIO restores a rundown traditional residence in the old quarter of Beijing, then inserts a glass-enclosed, curved veranda to wrap the interior courtyards and provide circulation.

The traditional residence had three courtyards and seven pitched-roof buildings. The goal of the renovation was to rehabilitate the old structures and integrate updated living spaces, using a modern interpretation of a veranda to connect them.

The traditional residence had three courtyards and seven pitched-roof buildings. The goal of the renovation was to rehabilitate the old structures and integrate updated living spaces, using a modern interpretation of a veranda to connect them.

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The “transparent veranda” allows natural light to penetrate the building’s interior and connects the living areas to the exterior courtyards. 

Wang Ning

See the full story on Dwell.com: 10 Ingenious Home Renovations in China That Defy Expectation