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January 25, 2020
Text: Jesse Dorris
Ancient and Modern Converge at Model Villa in China by ONE-CU Interior Design Lab
In the Guangdong province of northwestern China sits the city of Sihui, its name formed from the wordsforandconvergencedue to its location where the Xijiang, Beijiang, Suijiang and Longjiang rivers meet. It’s also the site of Poly South China’s Landscape Mansion development, in which ONE-CU Interior Design Lab has created a model villa that brings the ancient location into the 21stcentury.
The 3,000-square-foot, four bedroom/five bath residence recontextualizes traditional Chinese gardens by planting screens as dividers in social spaces and windows among ample greenery and bonsai trees. “The culture of Square and Round, or Fangyuan in ancient China,” says creative director Huang Jianfeng, “was extracted and applied to the shapes of furniture, with the simplest forms and affordable luxury materials.”
Decorative wall coverings add just a touch of liveliness to the otherwise monochromatic palette. “Tadao Ando once that said austere architectures are more likely to touch people’s heart,” says the designer. “We strove to touch people’s heart whilst meeting the new urban elite’s demands for a leisurely and tasteful lifestyle.” It’s a truly modern convergence.