Vudafieri Saverino Partners has designed a sophisticated residence in the heart of the French Concession, bringing together Chinese charm and contemporary style. The Villa represents a typical example of these homes, with their mix of elegance, modernity and tradition.
The building, dating back to 1920, has been the object of a significant restoration project, which has involved all the external areas, from the garden to the facade, passing through the interior architecture and the furniture. The heart of the residence is the enchanting traditional Chinese garden: completely closed off and protected from outside gazes, all the spaces of the house open towards it.
The residence consists of four floors: in the basement there is the reception hall and the service area. Dominating on the ground floor is the ample living area which is semi-open and faces externally. Alongside the western open space kitchen lays the Chinese one, which is construed as a closed space. The imposing wooden spiral staircase, new architectural element, represents "the villa's vertical soul": above which stands out an imposing suspended lampshade which recalls traditional Chinese lanterns. On the first floor are located the bedrooms and the tatami area for the tea ceremony. On the top floor there is the study, a small Buddhist prayer temple for the ancestors and two guest bedrooms.
Photography: Alan Grillo