We previously showed the Fujian Tulou, nicknamed "hula-hoop buildings" that "followed the Chinese dwelling tradition of "closed outside, open inside" concept: an enclosure wall with living quarters around the peripheral and a common courtyard at the center."
Now Urbanus Architects bring them back in modern form.
The traditional Tulou was a complete circle around an open court;
Urbanus has filled most of the center with public spaces, retail, a gym and library, which I think is a shame.
And they don't quite make it a complete circle.
So you don't get that fabulous interior public/private space. But still, it is wonderful to see lessons from history being implemented today. More images on Designboom
More Tulou in TreeHugger:
The Ancient Hula Hoop Buildings of China