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China’s new revolution
Amanda Ross + Robert Lemermeyer + EnRoute Magazine, September 10, 2007
Antonio Ochoa_La Commune by the great Wall
Antonio Ochoa_La Commune by the great Wall
 
Nestled next to the Wall, Commune is a bold and defiant metaphor for China’s modern renewal. Holed up in our luxe abode, 5,200-square-foot Cantilever House by Chinese architect Antonio Ochoa, my husband and I set about exploring our own personal architectural playground. The building juts dramatically from the mountainside in a very virile yang way; inside, yin is achieved through warm colours, sensual fabrics and a rational layout of more bedrooms, bathrooms and leisure rooms than I can shake an elegant chopstick at. After breakfast, we take a short hike up a private path for Commune’s guests, with a unique vista of the Great Wall in all its wending, deteriorating glory and of the public access at Badaling several kilometres away, teeming with thousands of visitors, a chairlift and a luge-type slide. Contrasting the scene with our peaceful, private solo experience, I think, If this is the new China, sign me up for the deluxe membership.

Antonio Ochoa_Cantilever House
Antonio Ochoa_Cantilever House
 
Antonio Ochoa_Cantilever House
Antonio Ochoa_Cantilever House
 
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