ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange

This villa is located in plot #80 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Rocker-Lange
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Project leaders: Ingeborg M. Rocker & Christian J. Lange
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm

The project called “Inside Out|Outside In” is part of the project and discusses the relationship and fusion of interior and exterior space.  Rocker – Lange calls for an architecture of milieu – that an architecture of the circumstances and conditions by which it is surrounded.  An “Architecture of Milieu” no longer strictly distinguishes between its inside and outside – it rather considers itself as always at once on multiple scales inside and outside, as architecture and environment.  Consequently architecture and its environment are thought of not only as “inside” and “outside” of one another, but as zones of possible relationships, in which “inside” and “outside” vary and shift to accommodate changing seasons and usage patterns.

The “Architecture of Milieu” is an architecture of situation rather than site: An indefinitely expandable and differentiable ribbon serves as the continuous organizational strategy, inscribing zones of different degrees of interior and exterior space vanishing the separation between them. Especially in the widely varying Mongolian climate, seasonal usages of living areas may change dramatically between the cold winters and warm summers; by creating an architecture which is interwoven with its surroundings, we allow the climate to work with the inhabitants, rather than against them.

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange" 03 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=10752>


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    YS I think the idea of AD is to report every house of the ORDOS100 project, so we can evaluate the complete project…

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    Not my cup of tea aswell. Actually, this is the worst of all Ordos 100-projects I’ve seen so far.

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    I think the form is striking, but where is the context? This project has to be responding to something. Hm……seems like a good conceptual start, but only that.

    that is all

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    so, um, are they going to pay herzog & de meuron for blatantly lifting the facade of the SBB stellwerk?

    oh wait, they’re “paying homage”

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    the plans look good, but the elevations are the worst! & fine.. i dont think any of Ordos’ refers to a context..

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    to fino about the context, I think there is no context because architects in Ordos 100 have no information about their neighboors (or just a few). But I agree that it’s too bad to see this kind of situation where the client is making a no-context area in order to let the architect play (like the HHF house …), that seems to be normal in china, dubai, korea …

    and the client say to the architect : please show my money.

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    Does it not rain there? That rooftop stairwell is begging to become a wonderfully leaky river in a downpour.

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    ordus, a organuzed group of animals’ like the mongolian ordes that went conquering europe and now’ the western “arquitetos” are coming back’ and with a lot of bad taste, unknowledge of the time and place, building this less architecture.
    this was not a competition but participants were choosen by their “academic” ideology
    it seems that no one have ever been there’ known about the mogols and their heritage and almost no one live in an house designed by themselves

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    Unnecessary form making… “Let’s try and outdo the one next door” architecture…

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    Can you say “I really liked Herzog & DeMeuron’s switching station in Basel” 10 times fast? Because this is just 2 of them, in white, masquerading as somebody’s original design for a house.

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      I forgot how original most of you are. I’m an architecture student and I found that an architect to be arrogant doesn’t need many years of education to get to that level. So what if they like Herzog & de Meuron? Is there a necessity for every architectural project to be 100% original to be sucessful? Does something like that exist? I think the ORDOS 100 is a great opportunity for many of you to show what you are able to do when you have so much freedom to design. The results could be either positive or negative, but at the end the experience and the overall analysis is what counts. Are most of your comments destructive and full of envy because you didn’t get invite? You look like Bruno Taut back in the Weissenhofsiedlung housing exhibition were he painted his house red to show his anger.

      I value the fact that AD post every ORDOS project and many others here in their blog and I say Thank you for the effort.

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    This project is not quit beautiful, but highly interesting. What special about this building is creating an architecture which is interwoven with its surroundings. As we now, the architecture along among the visual arts has to deal with outside and inside although it shares with literature this privilege of reflecting the basic dichotomy of the mind. By no means does the conception of the interior require an inversion of ordinary space experience.

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