Great Wall Style Building Home With Jim Spear

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Tessa Cheek Photography by Robert McLeod

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The Images Publishing Group
Territory: World
Size: 300 mm x 223 mm
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 400 colour

RRP £39.95

  • Features beautiful full-colour 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

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.