Commune on the Great Wall

The following is a guest post from my sister who recently stayed at the Commune on the Great Wall.

Recently completing an architectural tour around China in search of the latest examples of contemporary architecture, the highlight was our final few days spent at The Commune on the Great Wall.

Located about two hours drive from the city centre of Beijing, near Badaling, The Commune was originally conceived as eleven bespoke residences, engaging leading architects from across Asia to each design a house. Through the development of the project, the residences have become part of a boutique resort, the eleven houses offering accommodation of up to six bedrooms per house, each with 24 hour butler service.

The eleven original houses and club house (known as Stage 1) have been supplemented with a number of house duplicates, where four of the designs have been replicated to provide additional guest suite accommodation, without the high price tags of the original houses.

Expecting to relax and unwind at the resort, the architectural examples on offer meant that we rarely sat down. Each day a number of the eleven residences are open for viewing, and you don’t need to be interested in architecture to enjoy. From the Furniture House by Shigeru Ban, where all internal walls are designed as furniture and joinery pieces, to the Suitcase House by Gary Chang with a panelised floor that opens up to reveal bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, storage and even a steam room allowing you to unpack the house like a suitcase, the houses will ensure you rethink the way one can live.

The resort is set amongst the unique backdrop of the Great Wall, and offers its own private access to an unrestored section of the wall. With access limited to resort guests only, you are able to experience a more personal climb of the wall in contrast with nearby section at Badaling. For the complete experience, the resort can provide a picnic and bottle of wine for your climb with the choice of a butler to help you up there.

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Below: Suitcase house

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Commune Great Wall Beijing

The floor lifts up to reveal a bedroom in the suitcase house.

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Similarly with the bathroom.

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Guest room in the bamboo house.

Commune Great Wall Beijing

Commune Great Wall Beijing

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