Ordos 100 villa by Luca Selva Architekten


Ordos 100 villa by Luca Selva Architects
Here's another building for the Ordos 100 project in Inner Mongolia in China, this time designed by Luca Selva Architekten of Switzerland.


The house is one of 100 private residences, all designed by different architects selected by Herzog & de Meuron for the project, which is masterplanned by artist Ai Wei Wei. See the home design by Estudio Barozzi Veiga for Ordos 100 in our earlier story.


The following text is by Luca Selva Architekten:


ORDOS 100 / Luca Selva Architects, Basel, Switzerland
Phase1 / Plot 5 / ID 082
Short Text

How to build in China?
To build like in Europe or is there to look after specific topics?
And how is to develop a specific architecture?


Referring to these questions the issue for Luca Selva Architects was to work on a strategy for a specific building for China, for Inner Mongolia, for Ordos and for precisely this specific place on the plot of the Master-Plan.


The design-operation was to transform specific landscape beneath the plot in architecture, little lakes and ponds will be transformed into courtyards, dunes into spaces, topography into stores.


This design-strategy points out a specific building closely related to the site. A specific villa with a specific shape, specific spaces and a specific shell in bricks. The villa is landscape transformed into architecture.


On the ground floor are located the ‚enfilade’ of representative spaces and the pool, structured by different transparencies of the courtyards, which bring a soft daylight into the interior spaces.


On the upper floor are situated the master bedroom, five further bedrooms included bathrooms and a library on the gallery, which relates again by a double-high space the entrance with the upper floor.


The construction is made of a specific skin with grey bricks and an inner concrete frame-structure with red bricks as fillings.



Posted on Tuesday September 30th 2008 at 1:07 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • martincho cho

    need a map to go from the kitchen to the bedroom? too complicated and farfetched

  • abe

    Could be interesting. More interior spacial info. would complete the presentation.

  • mama

    I kind of dig this even though it’s not presented very well. My question is this: when are Mongolian or Chinese architects going to build huge structures in Switzerland?

  • mitch

    who pasted this rectangular pieces on the roof?
    if you do one style, do it all in all please…
    martincho can you mail me the map please? ;-)

  • eduardo

    Lets call old Gengis Khan…

  • I kinda like it. What a great place for kids to play Hide-n-Seek.

  • rodney

    Nice concept, but I’m not sure how functional and convienient it would be. Vetruvius would be upset.

  • are there, in this blogg, writing also people who have any understanding from architecture??

  • gaque

    this is great work.
    MUCH better than the scharoun and h&dem rip-off ordos house from a couple weeks ago. there was a fellow who was saying regionalism was not possible besides craftsmen, and i think this project makes an argument otherwise.

    congratulations! does dezeen ever append more images if enough people ask for it?

  • gaque

    by the way, needing a map for architecture is a brilliant notion. if you look at some ancient and medieval architecture, there is a complexity and size of room arrangement that in a way begs for a map. also, marauder’s map from harry potter, anyone?

    show us the map!

  • gaque

    this is good speculation, because it has to do with space and activity of inhabitants.
    in my opinion, this kinda of work pushes architecture forward and into new realms.

    zaha, gehry, etc. are not speculative (except sometimes in terms of construction).

  • Alshema A.

    In fact, this is typically similar to our custom habitation in Sudan – the early-civilized Sudanese cities. The families lived inside one big complicated shared space, that contain small private units with the respect of every single small family space. I think this project is very practical to whom live like this.