This project for a villa in Inner Mongolia responds to the unique pressures of a highly unusual site and context. Commissioned by a private client and part of a larger urban expansion of the burgeoning regional capital, it constitutes one of one hundred houses commissioned for the residential district of a planned developed galvanized around the arts. Each of the houses is designed by an architect according to a relatively uniform set of parameters: a defined spatial volume and relationship to site. As such, the design had to respond to several principal conditions:
The design for the house attempts to catalyze these highly specific parameters to produce an architectural logic which would be robust enough to withstand translation into local constructional practices beginning with a series of speculative questions: What if the relation between clustered private rooms and open plan public spaces in a house could be intensified through section? What if a house could be both introverted and extroverted, combining exteriority and interiority, shelter and exposure in a single spatial logic? This house seeks to find the balance between maximizing extensions into the landscape, maintaining intimacy for the owners and integrating with the closely organized plan of Ordos. The form of the house is stretched east and west along the site to maximize the southern exposure. The house is then split into two distinct horizontal zones: a solid mass of private rooms hovering above an open floor plan of public spaces.
While the upper volume is solid and inwardly-focused, the ground plan is expansive, extending the space of the house into the surrounding site as a series of courtyards.