Li xiaodong shares with the classic cannon that it is the responsibility of the architect to strive for the highest order of the human environments. Each project is unique and should add uplifting spiritual characteristic of the project to the built environment. And the design should reflect an overall balance of aesthetic quality, tectonic order, precise detailing with the program.
Li xiaodong's design strategy starts with a careful analysis of the program and site in relation with the resource which will play central role in the overall integration of ideas. The concepts are conducted by both cultural and climatic environment of context and seek to capture the spiritual essence of "place". The designs strive for tranquility and harmony suggested by space, light and structure order. Fixed architectural styles are avoided , as they limit potentials to be unique and creative. However, precedents of past experiences and knowledge are important for us to study to provide a solid background to solve new problems in hand.
Li believes that a good design product is the result of spiritual exploration of ideas with rational thinking, it engages with both technical knowledge and artistic judgment，the richness of a good design rely on how the matrix of detail, scale, proportion and commonsense are carefully orchestrated.