“This is one of the reasons I have put the house behind a glass facade. These buildings don’t belong to Beijing they have no reason to be rooted to this place. At the same time, I also want people to see them, because they deserve to be looked at carefully, their visual beauty appreciated. I hope to have it encapsulated in time, in a display case where it could float above the surrounding actuality, instead of being grounded. In other words, I want this house to become a part of Gaobeidian, but not a part of the old context with all the rest of the caricature, pastiche ‘Classical architecture’ around it.”


Mestre, Alexis. “The Chosen Architect.” Trans. Wei. CASA & Design Feb. 2008: 54-59. Print.