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General Information • This villa is located in plot #35 of the ORDOS project. • Architects: Frente / Juan Pablo Maza Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox


•Designing an introvert villa •Taking advantage of underground temperatures •Neutralizing the harsh winter and summer weather conditions



By taking advantage of the apparent duplicity of the required areas, eighty percent of the program has been maintained in a “big villa” (buried), which lives around an internal courtyard, in a scheme that promotes family interaction and emphasizes the sence of community. The duplicate program is separated and put into a mass equals to the size of the courtyard, thus creating a private “small villa” (floating) which gains the views and gives any family member the opportunity of temporal isolation.


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By dividing the program (underground and floating), the ground floor is freed allowing it to be used as public space without loosing privacy. The main landscape idea, is to suggest a forest within a desert environment. This forest is made out of steel columns that act as “camouflage” for the floating villa’s structure, and also gives the visitors a consciousness of trespassing private area.

Steel columns giving the idea of the forest

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Screen shot without materials

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Material used are : Steel for the columns Marble for the interiors and exteriors Glass and aluminum for the windows Marble for coverings of walls Asphalt for the road

Render with the materials applied

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Render with shadow

Render seeing the courtyard from the pool

Renders with light

Render during night

Render with lights on during the day

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frete 3 d modeling