LAI Yard

Lead DesignerJaco Pan
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Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Located in the south of city, hundreds of years, silently stood at the alley and near the ancient city wall , it was listed as the protection buildings to being repaired. On the north of the original house, two pseudo-classic architectures were built to constitute three enclosed open courtyards.With the unsophisticated and narrow entrance, people bow to cross and rise brightly. “LAI Yard” is named after “Lai”, which means it is from far to here, from traditional to contemporary. The architect wishes to convey the modern architecture in the traditional courtyard.

The layout of this project is decent, but also full with surprising details. Contrary elements, such as the old and the new, the interior and the exterior, the light and the dark, the conventional and the contemporary, are found to meet here, and merge into a harmony existence. Light and Space, are the only two themes that the architect emphasized.


Minggu Design was founded by the pioneer architect and interior designer Jaco. Pan in 2007.

Jaco. Pan, Nanjing based architect, focuses on the motivation that design innovation creates for the present social progress and how the pioneering design provides protection and leading trends to human lifestyle, also concentrating on the practice using of what kind of role that the Chinese traditional architecture culture heritage plays in contemporary society. Meanwhile, he assumes that Chinese architects shall practice design primarily on the cognition of knowing their territory and culture, and design is aesthetic science turning to research human and nature. In decades of design journey from architecture to interior, he’s been struggling to explore the essence in nature throughout with his notable philosophy that the combination of Chinese style nature and its people is spiritual code existing anywhere. For the common viewpoint rooted in most of architects’ mind that design from external world excels ourselves certainly, however, he always highlights ‘no design without appropriate research.’

Awards and Prize

American Architecture Prize-Firm of the Year Award,2017
FX International Interior Design Award,2017
Red Dot Award,2017
IF Design Award,2017
Shortlisted in World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF 2017
Shortlisted in INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2017
2017 Taiwan Interior Design Award
11th Perspective 40 Under 40 Forum & Awards
2017 Andrew Martin Design Awards
London Design Award-Gold Prize,2017
A’ Design Award & Competition 2016-2017 Three Gold Prizes in Architecture & Interior
10th Annual IDA Awards in Architecture and Interior Design Category: Silver, Bronze and Honourable Mention
2016 JCD Design Award World Top100 and Silver