The flower of Chang'an
Residential Interiors - Villa Nine
Nestled in the heart of Xian, this ultra luxurious villa overlooks the scenic Qujiang lake and in proximity to the historic city wall which bears much local culture and charm.
The interior area of the villa is 6000 square meters built on 4 above ground and 2 basement levels. The initial design brief and intent was to take advantage of the architecture; to design this contemporary villa with subtle local influences and to foster a connection with nature. An internal courtyard thus created in the center of the villa transformed the otherwise stifled interiors and dark basement into an air well and landscaped pond area that guests and family members around the entertainment areas could access into.
The Chang’an Flower is an inspiration and symbol of one’s harmony with nature – alluding to how we tread lightly in our environment and to possess inner peace. This villa will be the tranquil home to the client and his family of nine.
The pursuit of “contemporary orientalism” as reflected in such details as simple frames, subtle curves, and vertical heights. A monochromatic architectural palette is used with a stronger contrast scheme for the furnishings, wall and floor textures. Symmetry and balance play a big part in the layouts and spatial composition. All rooms come with their individual retail like wardrobe spaces, shoe, and bag display system. A full gym and sunken basketball court with an open view to the outdoor koi pond and family deck.
Taking cue from the Chinese scholars' aesthetics bearing elements of meditative elegance and natural tastes, the calligraphy room serves as a focal point to the living areas for the client’s painting pursuit and for tea ceremonies to foster recollection and inner peace. Interiors are to be a striking simple contrast to objects of art and sculptures. After all the unassuming defines luxury design as more time, comfort and space.
Material use include the generous use of Calacatta Valiga White Marble, Grigio Geogina Marble, White Ash Timber, Bead Blasted Gunmetal, Zimmer + Rohde Treasure Wallpaper, Armani Casa Furnishings, Gessi Sanitary fittings. Special mention to the Innovative glass sculptures at the entrance foyer and various installations in the courtyards, and outdoor gardens and pools – making the house a subtle moving gallery of art.