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China’s new revolution
Amanda Ross + Robert Lemermeyer + EnRoute Magazine, September 10, 2007
La Commune by the Great Wall
La Commune by the Great Wall
 
Beijing’s constant cacophony of construction, traffic and crowds has us ready for a welcome dose of tranquility. The antidote is a 45-minute drive away at Commune by the Great Wall, the most daring project I’ve seen yet. China’s first concept hotel is a novel gallery of postmodern houses set in a “live museum.” Winner of the Special Prize at the 2002 Venice Biennale, the project came about with a simple but daring proposition: Give 12 of Asia’s most prominent architects $1-million each to create Modernist masterpieces. Hong Kong architect Gary Chang crafted Suitcase House, where the floorboards lift up to reveal bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen. Airport House, by Taiwanese Chien Hsueh-Yi, is made of steel, concrete and the same stone as the Great Wall.

La Commune by the Great Wall
La Commune by the Great Wall
 
Grande Muraille_La Commune by the Great Wall
Grande Muraille_La Commune by the Great Wall
 
La Commune by the Great Wall
La Commune by the Great Wall
 
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