The Commune by the Great Wall
Nestled in the valleys of a beautiful site on the outskirts of Beijing is a group of contemporary houses and a clubhouse designed by 12 outstanding Asian architects. Each house is an individualistic object and they bear little relationship to each other. Although there are some nice moments in many of the houses, this project seems to be symptomatic of something wrong with architecture today. These houses are less about site, human inhabitation and building a community than they are about each architect’s personal expression. They all seem a little hollow and empty.
Thinking about Contemporary Practices
Posted August 14, 2010