Thursday, March 5, 2009

Commune By the Great Wall Kempinski, China.

Commune By the Great Wall Kempinski is definitely not the normal design hotel. Although it has a fantastic view of the Great Wall, but there is something very different about it. For starters, 12 different architects worked on it. Each of them designed a part of the hotel from the 11 different Presidential Suites (that are houses), rooms and villas that would form the hotel. 

Managed by Kempinski since August 2005, it is considered as SOHO China's most creative project. Set amid the mountains near the Shuiguan section of the Great Wall, the 8 square kilometer development is a private collection of contemporary architecture designed by 12 Asian architects. This design hotel won an architectural prize at the Biennale di Venezia in 2002.

Eleven houses, ranging in size from 4 to 6 bedrooms, are dispersed along the valley and all frame views of the sinuous landscape and the Great Wall, accessible by a path on the property. Each house has a different and exclusive interior design and retains a dedicated butler available 24/7, if required. En-suite bedrooms are available and some houses have an individual sauna.

Suitcase House Architect: Gary Chang (Hong Kong)
Furniture House Architect: Shigeru Ban (Japan)
"See" and "Seen" House Architect: Cui Kai (China)
Distorted Courtyard Architect: Rocco Yim (Hong Kong)
"Airport" Architect: Chien Hsueh-Yi (China)
Cantilever House Architect: Antonio Ochoa (China)
Bamboo Wall Architect: Kengo Kuma (Japan)
Shared House Architect: Kanika R’kul (Thailand)
The Twins Architect:Kay Ngee Tan (Singapore)
Forest House Architect: Nobuaki Furuya (Japan)
Split House Architect: Yung Ho Chang (China)
Club House Architect: Seung H-Sang (South Korea)

Suitcase House.

Night View of the Suitcase House.

"See" and "Seen" House.

Interiors of one of the houses.

One of the bedrooms in one of the houses.

Another room's design.

The bathroom of one of the houses.

The Rooftop terrace on The Twins.

Night View of the Rooftop Terrace.

View from the Club.

View from the hotel.

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