Located at the centre of Hexi CBD in Nanjing, The One Skyvilla is comprised of two lots separated by Hengshan Road. The recently completed display area will be preserved permanently, which will become the central landscaped area of that lot. With thoughtful arrangements of spaces, the display area is full of simple, clean but rich details.
The bounding wall surrounding the whole residential community will use clean and light-coloured marble as the main material to combine with fences, satisfying both privacy and transparency. While the feature wall of the entry to the display area is a combination of marble and feature glass as a mark for transition, a subtly designed detail to emphasise the concept of “seclusion” of the display area.
We ‘hid’ the main pedestrian entry under a feature crepe myrtle tree at the corner of the entrance hall, creating a quiet visiting experience through sequential plantings and a mirror water feature with a crepe myrtle tree as an opposite view to balance the feeling of enclosure from the walls.
Internally the sunken courtyard, which can be reached via the basement floor through the entrance building, or the outdoor curved staircase, is the centrepiece of the display area. Almost 17 metres in length, the staircase provides both pedestrian passage and EVA function. The clear glass and stainless steel handrails lightens the long staircase, while its combination with a mature Chinese tallow tree creates a dialogue between the artificial and the natural, the horizontal and the vertical.
Considering the limited space of the sunken area, we ultimately decided to design a large mirror water feature as a mainbody of the sunken courtyard to create a more visually broadening view. On the water feature is a centralised rotating sculpture made of stainless steel that appears to ‘float’ on the water in the fog. With ‘casually’ arranged lightings, the water feature creates a unique night view which matches the project concept of “The One”.
The VIP rooms project out beyond the line of the architectural edge, together with the carefully curated plantings, have further added to the spatial complexity of the courtyard.
By thoughtfully infusing all the above design thinking into the display area, The One Skyvilla Display Area has offered visitors a glimpse into a quiet and secluded life whilst living in the city. We look forward to seeing more great designs in future stages.
Project: The One Skyvilla
Client: Shanghai Construction Group
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
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