The designs seek to portray a personal interpretation of the city’s historic heritage in a modern manner and draw from historical and traditional references such as The Forbidden City, Hutong valleys and the residues of fortifications which date back several millennia.
Since the Yuan Dynasty, Dongzhimen, also known as the East Gate, was at the heart of trade and commerce. History and tradition has continued to this day with Dongzhimen developing into a modern day commercial hub. With the Liangma River wrapping around the rear, the river provides a peaceful backdrop contrasting to the bustle of the façade. Marrying this repose and prosperity with the auspicious number eight, the namesake Dongzhimen 8 is integrated into the residences’ brand further imbuing the past and the future into the development.
As a tribute to the city’s heritage and traditional Chinese architecture profiles, André has opted to create various interlocking timber structures within the main public areas. The use of materials is graceful in colour and texture with a palette of oak, mineral grey marble and bronze; accentuated with highlights of upholstery in shades of mink, mud red and green tea.
Dongzhimen 8 has now adapted and developed to become a revitalised and distinguished home for new future residents.