All 91 grand houses which make up the Imperial Summer Palace are well designed by architect Mr. Feng Wenfei, using traditional Chinese features whilst integrating simplistic characteristics and technology from western sources in a genial way to reflect the image of an emerging China.
Meeting of orient and occident
Mr. Feng Wenfei managed to create buildings with spiritual significance, based on ceremonies of the Confucian theory and philosophical thinking of Western civilization; but they also use advanced material and techniques to construct buildings with very imposing exteriors and delicate, elegant interiors. Architects selected high quality materials from sources in Europe and took inspiration from the Chinese imperial gardens. Traditional large Chinese roofs are combined with low-pitched rooflines.
Traditional roof newly interpreted
The roof of an ancient Chinese building is sloped, which plays an important role in chromatic townscape. In earlier time, the roofs’ colour was slate. With the development of techniques in tile making, tile colours became wider. However, the colour usage in ancient architecture is regulated by hierarchy and the theory of five colours and five essences. New techniques to produce roof tiles made an expansion of the shade range possible. Considering engobed tiles that feature in ancient Chinese palaces, they selected Wienerberger clay roof tiles. The use of three different clay roof tiles in blue braised and natural red reminds of an ancient imperial palace.
Project nameVillenpark Imperial Summer Palace, near Beijing, China
ArchitectMr. Feng Wenfei, WFA Design Inc.
Koramic OVH blue braised and natural red