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|Original Title||:||Great Wall Style: Building Home with Jim Spear|
|Author||:||Tessa Cheek,Jim Spears,Robert (PHT) Mcleod, Robert McLeod|
|Editor||:||Images Publishing Dist Ac|
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A beautiful book! - 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.A beautiful book! By L. Nilsson Tessa Cheek has accomplished a real tour d force as the editor of this beautiful book. Jim Spear's lovely renovations of what were simple country dwellings are to be greatly admired. He has preserved the integrity of the buildings while making them comfortable, stylish and, above all, a perfect capture of the charm of a country village. Each home's unique architecture maintains the feeling of its unique place under the Great Wall and celebrates the views, while the interiors combine the peasant vernacular with real comfort and design. A surprise window or skylight leads one's eyes to view the inspiring geography; carefully crafted stonework and the use of rock as parts of the interior decoration keep the architecture "grounded" in its place. Original beams and wooden ceilings give many of the houses the country cottage feeling and the use of tiles and tile shards from the former kilns are perfect glimpses of color. As Jim has captured the feeling of the country village, Tessa has really captured the views and architecture perfectly in her editing of Robert McLeod's exquisite photography. This book is a real delight and I congratulate both on this achievement.
New life for old bones - 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.New life for old bones By Joel Wallman A friend was leafing through this book, issuing soft sounds of appreciation. “It’s Vermont in China,” was her complimentary conclusion. This wasn’t a case of mindlessly assimilating the new into the familiar. She was likening the hominess of these exquisitely renovated country dwellings of wood and stone to the same quality in New England style at its best.Frank Lloyd Wright’s “organic architecture” comes inevitably to mind when looking at the buildings Spear has created by altering down-at-the-heels structures in a style that is both modern and yet generally faithful to the Chinese tradition of adapting construction to the local environment. His practice of designing not just the building but the interior and often its furnishings also reminds one of Wright’s work.Spear has created dozens of homes as well as restaurants, an “eco-retreat” (hotel/conference center), and a glass-blowing factory, among other single structures and complexes, in three villages near the Great Wall. Though the homes are designed for the well-to-do, the families that sell the original buildings apparently are paid quite amply for them. And what seems even more important is that his projects have revitalized communities that were bleeding population. The schoolhouse that he turned into a locavore restaurant, for example, had lain unused because there were no longer enough kids in the village. Before Spear’s developments, people merely passed through these villages on daytrips to the Great Wall, with little benefit to the residents. Now these places are destinations, with the creation of new jobs both a cause and a result.Better to leaf through the book (above) than to try to envision from this and other descriptions the elegant design sense that produced these buildings. “Marriage of old and new,” “juxtaposition,” “preservation and enhancement,” “modernism in a Chinese idiom” would all be apt. But they can’t convey the striking accentuation of a house’s skeleton from painting the beams white and rafters black (or removing a low ceiling to expose rafters blackened by generations of oven smoke) or the beauty of a floor paved with slate salvaged from the roof of an old farmhouse, a terrace of stone fragments shed by the Wall, or a living-room wall almost entirely of glass opening onto a view of the Wall but kept private by a garden wall that’s just high enough….
Memory and innovation in the valley of the Great Wall - 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.Memory and innovation in the valley of the Great Wall By karen kane "Moments of translation"--of old spaces into new, traditional materials into modern, and indigenous Chinese habitats into homes for global citizens. This term captures the essence of this gorgeous book. Spear understands Chinese culture and aesthetics, and this beautifully photographed book shows how he has taken rundown northern Chinese buildings and transformed them into a community of spectacular modern homes, an eco-lodge, and restaurants. He has revitalized a community under the Great Wall north of Beijing, an undertaking that has yielded the best in sustainable development and aesthetic modernization. The homes highlight the beauty of the original beams, gates, and windows. Natural grey stone and exposed brick are juxtaposed with red lacquer and colorful tile sculptures and textiles. It's hard to decide what is most satisfying in this book: admiring the interiors and exteriors of the buildings, imagining spending your days under the Great Wall in a rural village watching the change of seasons, or reading the story of how Spear and his wife and business partner fulfilled a dream.