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Nanchang Villa Experience Center by GFD

Oriental aesthetics is embodied in mountain and water landscape, and also in daily secular life. Ancient Chinese artworks, from the landscape paintings in the Southern and Northern Dynasties, to the literature in Tang, Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties, always convey the close connection between natural landscape and human in subtle ways.


Designer: GFD

Photographer: Hanmo Vision/ Ye Song

This project takes design cues from the way that traditional Chinese landscape paintings arrange the space on the scrolls. The design team worked out a design logic that transcends space and time.

The project is located in Wuxi, near the Grand Canal. It draws design inspiration from Life Portraits of the Yongzheng Emperor Throughout the Twelve Months, a set of scroll paintings portrayed in Qing Dynasty. Based on contemporary design languages, the project incorporates those paintings’ subtle depiction of the four seasons into the space, to shape the spatial layout, forms and structures. The entire space is like a landscape painting that evokes resonance.