studio twist balances family and social life in shanghai garden villa
 
studio twist balances family and social life in shanghai garden villa studio twist balances family and social life in shanghai garden villa
jul 24, 2014

studio twist balances family and social life in shanghai garden villa

studio twist balances family and social life in shanghai garden villa
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large houses in present-day china are an evolving programmatic typology where formal hosting has increasing importance alongside changing family lifestyles. as a result, specific rituals have developed. for example, a typical gathering between owners and their guests starts with a proper meeting, followed by fine dining, and ends with entertainment and games. at the same time, it is common for three or more generations of a family to live together in the same residence, each having their privacy needs as well as shared spaces. the ‘shanghai garden villa’ by studio twist is about balancing these dualities of family and social life within the context of an architectural strategy.

studio twist shanghai garden villa china
view across a water courtyard to the spiral staircase
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the home is organized into a pair of rectilinear blocks sitting on an arrangement of walls that extend into the surrounding garden. these two forms interlock at a three-storey tall screened box that houses a lift and spiral staircase in the center of the site. on the ground floor, half of the building is designed for public gatherings with friends, while the other half contains the private living quarters. each wing is organized with its own unique water courtyard surrounded by mass amounts of glazing to provide sunlight for the interior. bedrooms are placed in the second floor, while entertainment and sports facilities are positioned in the basement, including a swimming pool that opens on the south side to a sloping landscape.

studio twist shanghai garden villa china
the interior public spaces are line with glass walls
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the villa provides a contemporary aesthetic yet alludes to oriental sensibilities as it is influenced by the parallels between mies van der rohe’s barcelona pavilion, where the seemingly free composition of walls in plan blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, and traditional chinese houses, where structures and courtyards are organized around one another.

studio twist shanghai garden villa china
the center of the site houses a spiral staircase
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studio twist shanghai garden villa china
a private corridor
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studio twist shanghai garden villa china
view of the the pond
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studio twist shanghai garden villa china
the screen wall projects a pattern onto the interior surfaces
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studio twist shanghai garden villa china
entry to the villa
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studio twist shanghai garden villa china
aerial rendering of the building

studio twist shanghai garden villa china
site model
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project info:

 

project: shanghai garden villa
location: shanghai, china
site area: 3000m²
floor area: 1600m²
scope: architecture design
timeframe: 2013
status: concept design completed
client: shanghai forte land company limited

 

 

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