House of the Tree \ Kokaistudios

• January 7, 2012

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

House of the Tree, located at the 48th and 49th floor of a high-end residential tower in Shenzhen, China, is a penthouse designed by Kokaistudios with the concept of “living between the city and the nature” offers a modern lifestyle with luxury and relaxation.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The elegant and exceptional entrance, punctuated by a tree incredibly planted at the 48th floor of a residential tower, allows a panorama view that enhances the relationship between the interior and exterior, and provides an opportunity to bring in a large quantity of daylight indoor. It is the result of a large-scale of architectural modification applied to the original layout of the penthouse, a join unit of two regular apartments and a typical situation in high-rise residential towers in current China market, does not allow any perception of two floor apartments.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

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House of the Tree, drawing courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

By enclosing a small portion of outdoor terrace into a glass pavilion in the center of the penthouse, Kokaistudios create the new core of the apartment in an impressive double height atrium with the opportunity to bath by the natural light.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

This new core space, with walls removed from original layout, increasing the kitchen and the dining area conceived as dynamic spaces. Surrounded by the amazing outdoor swimming pool, it is able to be divided by semi transparent glass partition to satisfy various scenarios.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios

A transitional space distributes the functions between first and second floor and at the same time to prelude the entrance to the living room and to the guest bedroom located on the first floor to guarantee privacy from the family area located on the second level.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The staircase has been designed with a great sculptural attitude with a deep study of details making it a prominent symbol of the space.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The multi-function living room originally divided by a partition that does not allow for a connection between the north and the south view has been reconfigured by locating a fireplace in the middle of the space to create a dynamic layout for social flexibility.

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House of the Tree, drawing courtesy Kokaistudios

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House of the Tree, drawing courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The concept of fluid and dynamic spaces the mainstream of the entire project and has been applied in the second level in both master bedroom and study room separating a mood of tranquility and activities yet allowing continues journey between the spaces.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

Thanks to the great opportunity created by the architectural approach to the design, a bridge connects the staircase to the family room, which is designed for relaxation and meditation, on the second level allowing the view of the entire apartment and the amazing perception of the double height space of the core of the penthouse.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

Particular attention is given to the selection of materials, Kokaistudios choice being driven both by the desire to choose environmentally friendly materials and finishing techniques, as well as by the desire for a strong architectural aesthetic and feeling for the project.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The penthouse personality is defined by the core materials and workmanship rather than by the finishing decorations. The texture and surface characteristics of the materials stimulate all the senses of the guests; oak timber floors from north east China treated with natural oils are combined with white cream Spanish stones finished with ancient hand hammered techniques and the walls are finished with luxurious Venetian “marmorino” plasters which are hard and glossy as is marble but able to transmit soft and warm mood by distributing the light as no other material is able to.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

The soft furnishings are a combination of unique custom designed furniture pieces and award winning pieces from some of Italian finest contemporary furniture producers.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

Kokaistudios custom design all of the rugs and have a deep study of the lighting possibilities that maximize the use of natural sunlight and create a flexible lighting system that transforms the space and the mood according the social or private functions.

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House of the Tree, image courtesy Kokaistudios | Photo by Charlie Xia

With its unique location at the boundary of the fast growing Central Business District in Shenzhen on the north and nature landscape of Hong Kong on the south, the result is a stunning penthouse occupying a privileged point of living between the nature and the city.

The end product stands as an example of Kokaistudios vision of luxury living with timeless-chic taste; defined by a connection to nature, a connection to fine materials and craftsmanship, while meeting the demands of a modern way of living.

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House of the Tree - Floor plan of 48 floor, drawing courtesy Kokaistudios

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House of the Tree - Floor plan of 49 floor, drawing courtesy Kokaistudios

+ Project facts

Design: Kokaistudios
Architecture Modification: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
Interior Design: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Sherry G, Zoe Lee
Client: China Resource Land (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
Location: Shenzhen, China
Area: 616 sqm
Completion: November, 2011
Photographer: Charlie Xia

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Category: Interior

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