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This is the most creative way to use a boring condo balcony

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The owners of a two-bedroom apartment in a Beijing neighborhood wanted the convenience of living in the city, but the spirit of a classical Japanese countryside home. Despite those two wishes seemingly being at odds, that’s exactly what they got—thanks to a cleverly-designed tea house built over their outdoor balcony.

Faced with the challenge of bringing a traditional Japanese design to Beijing, designers Hu Yan and Li Han of Drawing Architecture Studio saw an opportunity in the client’s small, open balcony. In fact, they say the feature became so important to the design process that it actually became the name for the entire renovation project: Free Balcony An.

[Photo: courtesy Drawing Architecture Studio]The designers were inspired by the ideas of the contemporary Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori, whose iconic........

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