SHANGHAI VILLA, "THE BRIDGE HOUSE" | SHANGHAI, CHINA
Responding to unprecedented economic growth and private wealth, this Chinese developer sought out architects from across the US and New Zealand to design 79 individual luxury villas on a large tract of land on the outskirts of Shanghai. With specific but flexible program requirements, each villa was required to be both "timely and timeless" and respectful of Chinese culture without relying on traditional building forms.
This scheme of about 6,000 sf developed an extensive interaction with the landscape, starting with an entrance path through a bamboo grove, over a waterfall, and across a bridge to the front door. The main spaces of the house were organized on three levels in a zinc clad building at the center, flanked by a service wing to the east and a bedroom wing to the west, both clad in a beige stone. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid 2006.
This project was done through an association with Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen and Vaneventer+Carlander Architects.