Client: Cai Jiang, Ordos Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Co., Ltd, with FAKE design
Status: On Hold
Villa 066 derives its conceptual clarity from the austerity of the Mongolian landscape. A vast horizon , clear skies, chasms, shifts and deep crevasses. These conditions are presented in a disciplined geometric interpretation, represented as three different worlds, split horizontally and linked by penetrations of light and space.
From a distance, the building appears as a tower partially submerged and split horizontally in the middle, employing a potent gesture of shifting and rotating. A glass volume situated between two solid blocks creates a singular expression and sets a tension between interiority and exteriority, fragility and tenacity and the ephemeral and eternal.
Samer Hout (Design of Villa 066), Ai Wei Wei as curator for 100 Villas by 100 emerging
international firms selected by Herzog and de Meuron.
Team: Andrea Macaroun, Kelly Buffy, Mike Paquette, and Robert Kastellic.