guò bàn ér adds natural daylight and comfort to an ordinary rural house. The architects were given the task to add a modest extension to a vacant rural house. By extending the original roof slope of the existing dwelling, they constructed an additional 120 sqm of living area. "Creating an airy main space which provides flexibility for a wide range of living activities was key. We want to offer models for a fitting transformation in the context of rural areas. We don't want to recall villa typologies that stay empty shells; they have become all but too present in rural areas outside Beijing."