The Jjng’an townhomes express how essentialism redefines accepted notions of luxury within the traditional urban context of Shanghai, China.
The residences were completed in August of 2018 and are designed with a minimal design approach for multi-generational families. Named after a two-thousand-year-old temple, the Jing’an district is deeply rooted in culture and tradition and is the physical and symbolic center of the community. As the city continues to densify, this project provides families with an alternative to the commonly-seen condominium typology, challenging the conventional aesthetics of ornamentation. The development is comprised of 180 residential units, each a three-level townhome. Two types of residences, Townhome A (214 sq m) and Townhome B (180 sq m), are stacked on-top of one another and accessed either at ground level, or by a dedicated elevator from private underground parking. Two fully-furnished model suites were completed, demonstrating methods in which the interior layout supports the functions of modern, multi-generational family life. In the heart of the historic district, the interior design is a pure and minimal expression of extravagance.
The environments prioritize natural light, and use the highest quality finishes. The material selections are distilled to only three essentials: wood, marble, and hand-troweled plaster. Through this reduction, the quality and artistry of the refined detailing become the true emphasis. The refined construction detailing, and minimal use of finishes express how essentialism redefines traditional notions of luxury. Each townhome is created to be a lasting home for generations; one that values quality and craftsmanship over ostentation.