Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Commune...

...By The Great Wall

Last Saturday was Mother’s Day in France and the French group (Pekin Accueil) held their yearly summer party. This year we decided to try something new by including the whole family and having a brunch, but not at any ordinary place. The setting was this amazing Boutique Hotel by the Great Wall.

Set amid the peaceful and green 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. The hotel won a special prize at the 2002 “biennale di Venezia.

The first phase of the project “The Walnut Valley” includes 11 villas and was opened in October 2002. In 2006, the next phase “the Stone Valley” opened with 31 news villas and a kids’ club, The Commune of the Children

The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski has become a showcase of contemporary Chinese and Asian architecture. It has been widely covered by both Chinese and international media as a momentous breakthrough in architectural history in China and Asia.
Furniture and other interior decoration pieces collected by Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski are from such distinguished designers as Serge Mouille, Thierry Hoppe, Von Robinson, Philippe Starck, Alex Strub, Claudio Colucci, Ross Menuez, Kaname Okajima, Jonas Damon, Karim Rashid, Matthew Hilton, Marc Newson and Michael Young.
Architects of Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski are Gary Chang (Hong Kong), Shigeru Ban (Japan), Cui Kai (China), Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Chien Hsueh-Yi (Taiwan), Antonio Ochoa (China), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Kanika R’kul (Thailand), Kay Ngee Tan (Singapore), Nobuaki Furuya (Japan), Yung Ho Chang (China), Seung H-Sang (South Korea).

Here are some pictures but for truly amazing pictures click here

The Kids club was like a showroom from Pottery Barn, so cute!