Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Jiu Jian Tang in Shanghai, China by Rocco Design Architects Ltd
September 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rocco Design Architects Ltd
As a luxurious mansion built for 21st Century living, Mandarin Court (Jiu Jang Tang) villas have inherited the spirit of traditional Chinese courtyard residences, which is most vividly expressed in their spatial articulation, interplay of light and spaces, and the subtlety in material usage. Yet, despite the strong cultural resonance, the design of the villas has rejected outright on any revivalist gesture or pastiche symbolism. Instead, an uncompromisingly modern and unpompous approach has been taken to honestly reflect the times where the buildings belong.
Each villa is delicately orchestrated through an articulation of a series of courtyard gardens for spiritual comforts as well as habitability, which have always enjoyed special meanings in traditional Chinese spatial vocabularies. Such gardens are arranged along a central axis to compartmentalise different functions, such as the main lounge, living room and bedrooms, as would be practically or hierarchically necessitated. Natural light is made appreciably abundant by the generous reflections off the enclosing walls. Lighting quality is carefully fostered to help modulate the subtle difference of individual room ambience based on different sizes of the courtyards, materials used, and an array of light funnelling articulations. Traditional Chinese architectural elements including skylights, wells, courts, partitions and shades are joyfully employed to bring out a contemporary dwelling that is down-to-earth, elegant and fits harmoniously with its setting.
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