The US has a problem.
In an age of cheap, fast-moving products, the quality of design is increasingly being compromised.
The problem has a new name: Asian house design.
In recent years, the US has been the home of a steady influx of Asian house designs.
They are, according to the architects at Zaha Hadid Architects, the “precursor of a new wave” of Asian design.
The design firms, who work with a handful of firms in Los Angeles, New York and Singapore, say that Asian house designers have helped shape the new American architectural landscape.
“The American architecture market is not really designed for Asian people, but the design has been built around them,” said Andrew Tan, a professor at Zhaoying University of Design in Singapore and a member of Zaha’s team.
The firms say that the new Asian house market, which is dominated by Chinese and Japanese designs, is being driven by an influx of young professionals.
In fact, the first Chinese house design firm in the US was founded in 2010.
And the most successful Chinese-made Asian house in the country is in Los Feliz, in the San Fernando Valley, which opened in 2012.
But Tan says the new Chinese-built houses are also attracting new Asian buyers who are buying the homes because they like the way the interior looks.
“They see it as a place to stay and have privacy, to be creative, to create a home that will be comfortable, and to be affordable,” he said.
“We have been talking to Asian families who are looking to move to Los Angeles and they’re buying these houses because they want to be close to their kids and they want the kind of living space that we’re talking about here.”
And the demand is growing.
In Los Angeles alone, Zaha has seen the number of Asian-designed homes increase from a few in 2010 to over 100 in the last five years.
And that is just the beginning.
“A lot of them are really quite beautiful,” Tan said.
“There are a lot of Asian styles in them.
You see the interiors in Asian houses, and they have great detailing.
It’s just a wonderful mix.”
The houses are made of the finest materials available.
They’re designed with the latest in materials technology and construction techniques.
And they’re often designed in the same space as a traditional Chinese house.
The interiors, however, are usually of Chinese design and feature traditional Chinese designs such as a Chinese courtyard.
“That’s where the history of the house comes from,” Tan continued.
“They look at the courtyard and think, ‘Oh, this is what I would have done.’
And then they go to the courtyard to do their Chinese house.”
The main ingredient in Chinese houses, according a 2011 article in the Chinese magazine Gengxue, is a mix of stone, wood, plaster and bamboo.
The walls are made from timber and concrete, and the floors are made up of bamboo.
These materials are all used in Asian house styles.
And Tan says that the design of the exterior is largely dictated by how the house is used.
“When you are using Chinese architecture, you want to use the space around you and the design is based on how you are going to use it,” Tan explained.
“It’s like a Chinese restaurant, where you sit at the table and eat the food and then it’s your turn to take a break, and then you go back.”
In the design world, the idea of a Chinese house is seen as a symbol of sophistication.
And while the houses in the Zaha houses are often well-crafted, they’re not without their flaws.
For instance, the interplay between wood and bamboo in Chinese house designs can be a little confusing.
The wood, according the architects, tends to get a little more aggressive than bamboo, and in many cases, it can take on a more traditional Chinese feel.
“Some of the things we’ve seen that have been a little bit problematic are the Chinese characters in the walls and floors,” Tan noted.
“It’s a little weird, because we’re using Chinese characters.”
While it’s true that the Chinese language has been used for Chinese architecture for centuries, Tan says, it’s a new way to design the house.
He says that there is a new kind of Chinese house, one that’s less traditional, more modern and more focused on design.
“There is an openness to experimentation and to doing something new,” he explained.
“And there’s a more modern, clean, elegant approach.
That’s what we want in our architecture.
That can be seen in the new houses we’re designing.”
And for now, Zhaozan houses are still the most popular in the market.
But in a couple of years, it might be hard to keep them up in the air.