Item description for Gary Chang: Suitcase House by Gary Chang, Laurent Gutierrez & Valerie Portefaix...
Casting a question mark upon the proverbial image of home, Gary Chang's Suitcase House attempts to rethink the nature of intimacy, privacy, spontaneity, and flexibility. Chang's uncanny prototype proposes a 40-meter long empty rectangular space built on wood strata, flexibly divisible by a series of sliding and folding partitions. That in and of itself is hardly earth-shattering. But lift a pneumatic panel in the floor and up pops a bathroom, a kitchen, a bedroom, cabinets. It's pop-up book meets designer living, and all in 250 square meters of space. A playful game for homeowners, the Suitcase House was designed along with 11 other radical houses for the Artists Commune project near the Great Wall in Beijing. Edited by Laurent Gutierrez + Valerie Portefaix.
Essay by Craig Au Yeung.
Foreword by Liane Lefaivre.
Hardcover, 11.5 x 5.25 in. / 168 pgs / 250 color.
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Studio: Map Book Publishers/MCCM Editions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 11.5" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2004
Publisher Map Book Publishers/MCCM Editions
ISBN 9628681699 ISBN13 9789628681693
Availability 0 units.
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Interesting little book Apr 20, 2005
First, the book caught my attention because the suitcase house is part of the avant-garde architecture project called "the Commune by the Great Wall" in Beijing, China. The developer of the project invited 12 young Asian architects form South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Mainland China, and HongKong, to independently design 11 houses and a clubhouse at the foot of the Great Wall, all nestled in a beautiful environment - valleys on one side and the Great Wall on the other. The suitcase house was designed by Gary Chang (a HK-based architect and the author of the book), and is located at the entrace of the Commune project.
Chan devoted the whole book to his design (suitcase concept and its variations) with overwhelming background information such as the inspiration and philosophy behind this house, the social, economic, and societal background of the project, the early sketches and concepts, detailed floor plans and specifications, original design of coordinating furniture, the building process with documentary-flavored pictures, interviews with the architect and the design team, email and other correspondences between the architect and the client, and a large amount of pictures focusing on details. Really appreciate this approach to get a 360-degree in-depth interpretation of a single modern house. Plus, this book has a great graphic design.
That being said, readers have to sacrifice the breadth with depth. Financially, it is not very wise to pay the money to only read about one single house. Also, some readers might not be interested in the excessive background information.