SUITCASE HOUSE - A GARY CHANG ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
ON ULTIMATE ADAPTABILITIY
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Full-colour. Softcover with plastic slip
135mm (H) x 295mm (W)
The Suitcase House is a simple demonstration of the desire for ultimate adaptability in pursuit of proscenium for infinite scenarios and a plane of sensual pleasure.
A 40-metre long rectangular empty space built on a strata of wood and a series of sliding and folding partitions forms a matrix of openings with bedrooms, bathrooms, cabinet, trunks, and kitchen underneath the floor. Does this dwelling concept really work for living? How much does it relate to typical Hong Kong values? Dubbed as 'a playful game', Suitcase House is one of the most debatable architectural projects among the 12 houses built by 12 Asian architects at the Artists Commune on the Great Wall of China and the most radical architectural housing ever seen in China.
Casting a question mark over the proverbial image of the house, the book Suitcase House brought together designers, architects, culture and lifestyle writers in two discussion groups, which took place separately at Chang's highly exposed 30-square metre apartment in Hong Kong and in Beijing, to rethink the notions of intimacy, privacy, spontaneity and flexibility in housing design, space, lifestyle living, architecture as an art, as well as a recollection of Hong Kong flats in the old days where many households and dozens of people commonly shared a small living space.
The book also comprises writings contributed by Taiwanese architect professor Ng and Hong Kong-based French architect professors Valerie Portefaix and Laurent Gutierrez. The Suitcase House project was awarded in ar + d awards 2003 in United Kingdom.