This detached residence perfectly combines quiet and luxury living in the heart of a bustling city. The building is set in a private courtyard, with the surrounding natural environment as its most valuable resource. The design aims to integrate the building with the surrounding courtyard while maintaining the owner's privacy and seamlessly integrating the outdoor and indoor spaces to reveal its secluded beauty.
Lightness is the key word of this architectural design. To achieve the goal of having the building tucked away in nature with a low profile, the design places a large amount of floor space underground, with only two volume levels at ground level. The building adopts an extreme horizontal line to echo its natural site view. The large floor-to-ceiling glass and the linear balcony design around the building on the second floor blur the boundary between interior and exterior. The natural scenery of the changing seasons is brought into the interior to the greatest extent possible, filling the interior with natural light and providing a mutual reflection of the interior and exterior with the greenery of the outdoors.
The second floor is mainly the public areas, such as the living room, dining room, tea room and school room, while the second floor is the family area and its main bedrooms. The center of the above-ground building is a long courtyard. This courtyard provides ample light and natural views for the whole building and forms a zigzag flow to connect the different functional areas. The first and second floors are designed as intermingled indoor-outdoor gray spaces in large terraces, water features, and gable spaces in the living room and family room areas.
The underground space is one of the highlights of this residence. The underground space includes facilities such as a banquet, bar, hobby room, gym, basketball court, and all the auxiliary logistic functions. Through six large-scale underground courtyards symmetrical in axis, natural light is achieved near the first floor, thus realizing the spatial feeling of double first floors of independent mansions. At the same time, different types of functional clusters are surrounded in each of the six courtyards, so different flow lines are separated. The ground floor also becomes the main entrance to the lifestyle, satisfying the needs of car and pedestrian traffic.