The villa in Xitang old town combines luxury and Chinese folk architecture
Villa in Xitang Ancient Town is the newest hotel complex in the historic water town of the Jiangnan region of southern China, courtesy of Nature Times Art Design Co
This new complex in Xitang’s old town is built around its context. Located in a historic water town in southern China’s Jiangnan region, the project, named Villa, is a hotel conceived by design studio Nature Times Art Design Co, incorporating local vernacular architecture to create a low-rise elegant space with a home atmosphere create a green and quiet courtyard. The venue hopes to blend old and new while being immersed in nature and a new but seamless landscape.
The hospitality program is located in a new part of town, alongside another newly opened hotel and an urban eco-residential village. Its concept aims to reflect this, combining modern luxury with sensitivity and respect for nature and the environment. Clean interiors and minimalist architecture with nods to traditional Chinese architecture help create accents and subtle drama where needed, and secluded, private areas elsewhere to balance visitor needs.
In fact, the overall design balances different elements – landscape, art and design. In this context, the presence of nature was crucial, so the designers worked with the “emptiness” between volumes and clever gardening techniques to create outdoor spaces surrounded by greenery. At the same time, irregularly cut stone paving, winding pathways, terraces and large floor-to-ceiling glass openings merge indoors and outdoors, blurring the lines between the two.
Inside, natural wood and stone offer touches, looks and smells that evoke nature and relate back to the wider environment of the development. Furniture and decor also work towards the same effect. “The original introverted and gentle beauty of the objects is intensified and creates a calming atmosphere. The placement of each object is carefully thought out, creating a dialogue with the space. The visual composition is combined with the spatial narratives. The imagery of mountains and water is reflected in objects that interact closely with everyday life,” explains the design team.
Carefully framed vistas offer either subtle glimpses or majestic full views of the landscaped courtyards, while maintaining the luxurious, enveloping vibe in each room. §