ORDOS 100 #13: NAO

This villa is located in plot #62 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss / NAO
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Project team: Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, E Thaddeus Pawlowski, Kevin Keller, Julia Murphey, Deborah Katz, Ding Liu, Margaux Schindler, Kristen Smith
Renderings: Benjamin Muller & NAO
Construction Consulting: Miodrag Jovanovic, Ruzica Jovanovic, Snezana Litvinovic
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China

will be a collection of architecture. NAO designed Villa 62 to collect the changing weather of the desert. The outside of Villa 62 can best be described as a continuous shelving system. The skin is designed to keep weather elements on the facade: snow, sand, rain and moss, changing during the four seasons of the year. The shape of Villa 62 is like a contoured hilltop. The hills in inner mongolia are traditionally contoured to collect and preserve ground and water from dispersion into the desert.

As on a hill the Villa 62 is traversed via multiple paths and ways of going up, down or around. There are two main promenades that define the architecture of the villa: one outside and one inside. The outside promenade is an ample and open path along the landscaped areas all the way to the top of the building. The evasive shape of Villa 62 comes from the play between the public and the private areas. Villa remains recognizable in extreme weather and light conditions. Coal and milk are two most important assets of Ordos industry. Wrapped in copper elements Villa 62 will go through stages of color change from orange to green, and then eventually turn black and have a color of coal. The interiors of Villa 62 will remain milky white.

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "ORDOS 100 #13: NAO" 26 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=11938>
  • Mario Gonzaga

    Finally a project to stair.

  • roadkill

    LOL… I like what you did there Mario – even if the word is slightly different… nevertheless it has lots to stare!

  • http://contemporaryartdaily.com Contemporary Art

    I quite like this one. It’s rough in a way that feels like the environs. The color change also sounds quite nice.


  • Mario Gonzaga

    roadkill só fala bobagem.
    Era de propósito stair e stare.

  • Liam

    Well composed and environmentally aware, true architecture

  • Andrez

    Excellent. And I do love the sand environmental simulation!

  • Richard Robbins

    Kristen Smith is a genius. She will definitely be one of the greatest Architects of her generation, and quite possibly of all time.

    • Ryan

      what a joke

  • preettysandhuneedschool

    reincarnated mayans ? living aztecs?
    can’t wait to see the moss grow.
    I like it; as long as jabba the hut isn’t in it.

  • pedja

    svaka cast!!!ponosim se vama

  • jung

    Bon jour, m m l’intégration au territoire est magnifique, comme on objet d’art, mais, une telle réalisation serait difficile à s’installer au tissu urbain- by un étudiant coréen à l’école d’archi ‘Paris Lavillette’

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  • Salvador Alejandro

    Architecture for architects, sometimes we forget that there is gonna be people living inside