East and West meet in Shanghai

Nick Myall
Tuesday 20 Nov 2018

Vudafieri-Saverino Partners Studio has designed a sophisticated residence in the heart of the French Concession in Shanghai, bringing together Chinese charm and contemporary style

Hunan Lu Villa is an exclusive residence located in Shanghai, which Vudafieri-Saverino Partners- architectural Studio based both in Milan and also in Shanghai - has reinterpreted.

The project represents a perfect combination between two distinctive traditions, Chinese and western: inside antique artefacts, artworks and ritual spaces coexist in perfect harmony with western “objects of desire”, neither doming the other. 

The residence is located in the heart of the French Concession, an area still characterised by the atmosphere of old Shanghai: the most beautiful colonial residences are located here, among elegant tree-lined avenues, hidden behind high walls.

The Villa represents a typical example of these homes, with their mix of elegance, modernity and tradition. The building, dating back to 1920, has been the object of a significant restoration project,which has involved all the external areas, from the garden to the facade, passing through the interior architecture and the furniture.

The heart of the residence is the enchanting traditional Chinese garden: completely closed off and protected from outside gazes, all the spaces of the house open towards it.

The garden has been designed in collaboration with a Feng Shui expert, in order to respect the tradition’s rigid rules. Internally we discover an harmony of shape, the result of a process in which the balances of nature become delicately and gradually re-proposed by man. Water, stone, sky, and green are the fundamental elements which together contribute to create this balance.

The residence consists of four floors. The imposing wooden spiral staircase represents “the Villa’s vertical soul”, above which stands out an imposing suspended lampshade which recalls traditional Chinese lanterns.

The interior design project starts out from an analysis of the past in order to propose a contemporary environment: the floor marbles on the first floor, the wall colours, the wood and brass book cases, and the ceiling decoration define a welcoming, fascinating space. Sophisticated details and refined objects characterize these elegant, luxurious spaces.

Nick Myall, News editor

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