Monday, January 11, 2016

Ordos 100, Eight Years Later

Back in 2008, Ordos 100 – 100 villas in Inner Mongolia designed by 100 architects – was unveiled. Master planned by Ai Weiwei and curated by Herzog & de Meuron, the project was a mix of American suburbia and avant-garde architecture:

[Interior spread from exhibition pamphlet for the Architectural League's "13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos (Mongolia)" exhibition (hi-res)]

I've been under the assumption that the project basically died without any of the houses realized. I knew the surrounding "city" saw a museum and the usual brand of Chinese housing erected, yet the city and the Ordos 100 project were white elephants, plain and simple. But it turns out that some of the houses were built, at least to some degree, as some photos by Raphael Olivier (found at Dezeen) indicate:

[Ordos Art Hotel by EXH Design]


["An abandoned building from Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron's Ordos 100 Project," per Dezeen]


[HHF's Dunehouse, not the house they designed as part of Ordos 100]


[Ordos Restaurant by Yazdani Studio]

Yet, aside from the credited HHF project (substantially different on their website), I'm not sure which architects are responsible for these partially realized, abandoned Ordos houses. Any ideas? If so, please comment and I'll credit them accordingly.