Commune by the Great Wall is a private collection of contemporary architecture designed by 12 Asian architects. It was exhibited at the 2002 la Biennale di Venezia and awarded a special prize. Commune by the Great Wall was named “A New Architectural Wonder of China” by Business Week in 2005. (RS 08/07)
The Great Wall Exit at Shuiguan, Badaling Highway, BeijingLocated in the Shuiguan Mountains amidst 8 square kilometers of private land, 1 hour drive away from Beijing International Capital Airport, 20 kilometers away from the main train station (Qing Long Qiao station) and 50 minutes' drive from Beijing city center, the property enjoys an easy access via the Badaling Expressway. 15 minutes' drive from Badaling private airport, available for Helicopters (20' minutes transfer from Beijing Capital Airport) and small aircrafts on the 800 metres long runway.
The site has so beautiful landscape as natural environment. The mountains enclosing 3 valleys have dramatic topography and make splendor scenes, and the Great Wall that is boundary of this site is running on the steep mountains. Thus, architecture here is not an object to see but a place where people with different background meet and communicate to each other and nature. Given nature and artificial architecture make new landscape with people. This culturescape is new nature, new place and new life.
The Clubhouse is the center of the project. Easy access between the housesLandscape is the extension of the clubhouse, having linear elements connecting the building and road. There are fountains, wood decks and parking lots, however some parts of the exterior are remained as they are. All the artificial elements are delicately attached to the existing landscape. The edge should be treated very specially.