American International Innovative Design Award 2024

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The town house is in the north of Beijing at the foot of a hill side area.

The house of 600 sqm is organized in 4 floors, from a B1 partially open to a private garden till the attic in the 3rd floor.

The new functional program allows three generations of the family to enjoy both shared spaces and private ones in an open plan configuration.

The design uses built in furniture and double height volumes to create a space that is open and fluid but in the same time it is also able to accommodate specific setting for the requirements of the different members of the family. In the first and second floor the grandparents are accommodated. The daughter has her room in the 2nd floor with a mezzanine. The 3rd floor is used by the parents. The basement with the access to the garden is the common area, with kitchen, dining and entertainment areas. Customized furniture is zoning the areas and circulation for a smooth transition between public and private spaces.

Vertical connections through the house are created by double height spaces in every floor.

The staircase is divided in 2 parts. The main element from B1-F2 seats on the original structure and is entirely cladded in birch plywood including walls and ceiling, creating an independent volume from the rest of the house. Inside this volume a new perforated steel staircase is inserted, which connects F2 to F3 in a diagonal shape.

All main materials are chosen in nude color or birch plywood. Colorful highlights in green and blue are carefully integrated by customized furniture or small floor or walls applications.


Design oriented, the italian-german architectural practice by architects Margret Domko and Momo Andrea Destro is based in Beijing and Berlin and develops architectural and interior projects in mainland China and in Europe.

It has received international recognition and awards. Exhibited at Venice architecture biennial, MDDM STUDIO most recent project has been published in magazine such as AD China, Elle Decore China, Frame international, or in the most visited website dedicated to design and architecture such as,,, has nominated MDDM STUDIO among the 20 promising young design offices in China from 2017. In 2018 MDDM STUDIO has won ICONIC Awards BEST OF THE BEST 2018 of the German Design Council and has been selected in the China Interior Design Annual 2019 by Elle Deco China.

In 2019 MDDM STUDIO has been nominated among the 100 most influential Architects in China by Architectural Digest China (AD100) and picked by as one of the “10 Chinese interior designer worth knowing about”. House on the Great Wall has been Shortlisted in Dezeen Awards 2019 among the 53 best building of the 2018-2019 and has won the Silver Award at Design for Asia Awards in Hongkong in 2019 and the Golden Prize for private villa in 2020 at the Golden Creativity Design Award

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