Great Wall Style

Great Wall Style

Building Home With Jim Spear

By (author) Tessa Cheek
By (author) Robert McLeod
By (author) Jim Spears


  • Features beautiful full-color photography by acclaimed Architectural Digest photographer, Robert McLeod
  • Jim Spear is a self-taught architectural designer who changed his fast-paced corporate career in the US for a new life in China
  • Great Wall Style captures a new trend in sustainable design, incorporating rural and contemporary elements to create a new sense of life
Full Description
With stunning photographs and evocative text, Great Wall Style invites readers to discover a singular oeuvre of projects nestled in four small villages alongside the Great Wall of China. Its narrative illuminates the personal story and creative practice of architectural designer Jim Spear. From within the vernacular of traditional architecture, Spear has designed thoughtful and surprising spaces for contemporary life. These environmentally sound dwellings surround sustainable enterprises set in repurposed venues - an abandoned schoolhouse is transformed into a restaurant and glass blowing workshop; a village hut evolves into an artisanal noodle shop; and a glazed tile factory provides guests with a lush retreat in its new life as an eco-lodge. Great Wall Style tells the compelling story of grassroots rural development through an exploration of material memory and the meaning of home.
The Images Publishing Group
9th Dec 2013
USA & Canada
8.78 in x 11.81 in
224 Pages
400 color
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