100 villas designed by 100 international architects selected by Herzog & de Meuron and curated by Ai Weiwei. Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China 2008-10.
The starting point of this proposal is a vertical experience as a complement to the horizontal condition of the Ordos plateau, a new topography that can take full advantage of its surroundings. The house starts with the pool at lower garden level and reaches up to the top roof terrace open to the sky. Interior spaces follow the movement, a rising spiral around the structural stairwell core. As a result, the program is distributed on a series of interior terraces that are interconnected visually yet which offer seclusion and differented spaces in section.
A low wall defines the garden. We propose birch trees standing in grass, all green in contrast to the sandy dry landscape.
Predominant materials are exposed concrete (facades, floors, ceiling and stair-core), plywood panels on interior walls, etched glass, and ceramic pools. All windows are fixed flush to the exterior, and mounted with stainless steel fixtures.