Great (Bamboo) Wall, Beijing
Kengo Kuma 

Great (Bamboo) Wall, Beijing

Kengo Kuma 

The imposing presence of the Great Wall prompts to search for architectural forms that blend with the landscape instead of being roughly inserted as autonomous and isolated objects. The thousand-year-old stone structure moves through the abrupt landscape – appearing to have no beginning and no end – accentuating the relief of the natural shapes and the changing color of the vegetation. This aspect has inspired the design of this bamboo house, baptized ‘bamboo wall,’ built on the plot’s most precipitous area. The construction has been carried out in bamboo to express the differences between this domestic wall and the Great Wall. Whereas the latter is associated to values such as strength and division, the bamboo of the former symbolizes the cultural flow between China and Japan, allowing light and air to circulate between exterior and interior. The possibility of placing the bamboo strips closer or farther apart allows them to act more or less as a curtain, like the wall separating kitchen and dining room or the one wrapping the central area of the courtyard, or as partition wall in the rest of the house. Water has been incorporated in the interior covering the courtyard, so its center can only be reached via two concrete bridges.

Cliente Client

SOHO China Ltd., China

Arquitecto Architect

Kengo Kuma & Associates

Colaboradores Collaborators

K. Nakata & Associates (estructuras structural engineering); Beijing Third Dwelling Architectural Engineering Company (equipamiento utilities)

Contratista Contractor

Beijing Third Dwelling Architectural Engineering Company

Fotos Photos

Shinkenchiku-sha; Satoshi Asakawa