This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.
Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China 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 aprox
A house is not an object.
A house is the totality of frequencies registered as a place of living before differentiating into a house, a city, a garden, a forest, and a prairie.
The masterplan, a collection of demarcated plots and residential volumes, was reinterpreted as a nebulous field of interrelationships similar to a weather chart. Instead of “one object per one plot,” various spatial gradations begin to emerge within the plot. Surrounding contexts and complexities of their reciprocal influence are given a form. I speculate a condition in between architecture and landscape, exteriority and interiority.
To be a house and to be a garden, to be open and to be closed, interiorized exterior, exteriorized interior, continuity and discontinuity, domesticity and urbanity. To be natural and to be artificial; to produce a place that incorporates these discrepant antinomies, I propose a telescopic vessel by walls of voids.
Throughout the plot, the walls are positioned like a spiral. However, these simultaneously are not walls. These are walls of voids with countless openings. Space fluctuates with the openings’ sizes, forming spaces that manifest the gradations within the plot envisioned as a field of relationships.
Between those walls, various rooms and gardens intermingle as they fuse into one another. The feeling of a large expanse coupled with the feel of a comfortable shelter, results in a scale that transforms with use and creates rich depths by multiplicity of inside and outside. This also generates diverse relationships with the surrounding environ as it is simultaneously opened and closed.