ORDOS Villa #99

This house is an experiment in living both collectively and individually; given the harsh climate and crowded neighborhood, it is focused on a complex interior world.

The ground floor is the “onion” – a series of perimeters expanding from structural walls to circulation to the pool and garden to the façade. In the center is an enormous room which can be used for collective gatherings. Openings focus views upward, rather than outward. The upper floor is the “hutong” – a dense collection of rooms and courtyards organized in four private quadrants: each independently accessed via stairways. In the center is a small family living area which can only be accessed through the outdoor courtyards.


description by architects


8 photos and 2 drawings

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