Nature, art deco and Chinese heritage converge in this modern Suzhou villa
This modern Suzhou villa by T.K. Chu Design creates grandeur on a domestic scale
Weaving together tradition and modernity, nature and the manmade world, Villa Homespun Philosophy is the brainchild of Taiwan-based practice T.K. Chu Design and local developer China Railway Construction Real Estate. This modern Suzhou villa’s architecture and interior design draw on Chinese heritage and the idyllic city’s history and culture, distilling their essence into a modern domestic space that feels contemporary, richly layered and luxurious.
The house is situated a stone’s throw from the city’s World Heritage Site, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a green expanse of miniature landscapes and water features. Taking their cues from this context, the designers composed a villa that ‘pays tribute to the Chinese traditional garden culture’.
‘The sinuous curves of the inner space are meant to create a dreamscape, reminding us of the pace of nature and the poetic spirit of literati gardens,’ explains architect and studio head T.K. Chu. This philosophy is also true in the project’s outdoor areas, where water elements and stone arrangements at the entrance garden and internal courtyard reference period Chinese painting.
Chu’s signature style often includes nods to art deco, which he blends with modern forms and materials, moulding refined, original interiors. The same approach was followed here. As a result, Villa Homespun Philosophy’s four levels (two above ground and two below) offer clean, geometric designs with attention to detail and a sense of grandeur – yet on an appropriate, domestic scale.
The colour white becomes a main feature in the architecture throughout, as it’s the ‘typical colour of Suzhou’, Chu points out. It is contrasted by colour accents in the furniture pieces that add playfulness and personality to the different rooms. Meanwhile, ‘the stainless-steel corrugated plates, and water-shaped ceilings, furniture and decorations bring out a shimmering effect and conjure up a vision of a Chinese watertown’, continues the architect.
Indeed, nature references and landscapes are a constant in this interior. Chu describes a ‘cloud-shaped’ internal balcony in the lower level gallery space, a green wall and decor that was chosen so as to ‘form a miniature world’. Past and present, indoors and outdoors converge in this sophisticated interior design. §