Hunan Lu Villa
Studio: Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
Project: Hunan Lu Villa
Location: Shangai, China
Category: Private Housing
Credit: Alan Grillo
The Hunan Lu Villa in Shanghai is a refined restoration of a four floors heritage house in the French Concession area, the district where the grand Villas of Shanghai blossomed in the Twenties. The project relates to the Concession genius loci, with its urban models designed by Europeans during the last century, mixing Art Deco and Bauhaus style with Chinese culture. The façade architecture has been defined introducing iconic elements and reinforcing the relation with the interior thanks to the big windows and the garden design.
The Garden, completely closed and protected, is in fact the heart of the Villa: all the spaces of the house open towards the garden, protecting it from the external glances.
After a careful analysis of the materials used in the old Shanghai of the 1920: the mix of pale yellow marmorino, river pebbles and grey stone create a harmonious balance, enhancing the elegance of the building. The interior architecture continues the analysis of the past and propose a timeless environment: the elegant wooden ribbon of the main staircase, the marbles of the floorings, the colors of the walls, the wooden/brass libraries and the ceiling decorations define a cozy and welcoming space, where the client easily located her furniture selection.
The natural light, the proportion of the architecture, the strong relation between interior and the shielded garden create a well-balanced and harmonious place where to live.