The concept of Villa I is based on a hybridization of the traditional housing of the Mongols – the yurt – and the chinese – the use of a central courtyard. The yurt is suited for nomadic life, and like the chinese, Mongols live within the boundaries of a village. Additionally, the experience of building is embodied in three ideas: circulation, metamorphosis and lightness. The design uses the notion of circulation to choreograph a dance between the person and the building – there are multiple, indirect paths which loop through the building. Along these paths there are a series of arranged social spaces, each offering uniquely framed views of the elements – sky, earth, and water.

Location Ordos, Inner Mongolia
Year 2009
Client Ordos Jian Yuan Reservoir Co. Ltd