By Lucy Birmingham
For a residence outside Beijing, architect and interior designer Wang Ta-Chun brought a modern sensibility to a traditional siheyuan, or courtyard house.
The interiors have “a Chinese urban modern feel,” Wang comments. In the second-floor living room, a shimmering silk wallcovering capitalizes on the light.
Although the overall look reflects Western influence, “we’ve added local materials like stone and wood to bring it back to Beijing style,” notes Wang. Above: A wall of polished coconut shells has a reflective quality, an element Wang emphasized in the living room, as throughout.
The floor plans.
Glazed walls enclose the dramatic double-height dining room, which looks out to a shallow pool that “reflects light and shadow from the water into the interior of the house,” Wang says.
He chose rich materials for the luminous space, including polished han-bai-yu white stone for the floors and stair surfaces and sandalwood for the detailing. A contemporary chandelier, from Fendi Casa, hangs over the dining table.
“American country house architecture,” remarks Wang, “is actually very similar to traditional Chinese thinking about architecture.” Above: A master bedroom for the grandparents, which occupies a corner of the first floor, looks out to a communal garden. The furniture, here as in much of the residence, was custom-made in Shanghai.
Starkly opulent, the second-floor master bath has walls and floors covered in white marble.
Original article: Architectural Digest May 2009
Photography By Marc Gerritsen/Arcaid