The three floors of Forte villa in Shanghai are designed as two big volumes – a rectangular basement and a circular upper floor. Each of the volumes has at its center a green courtyard.
Rectangular courtyard is inspired by the traditional courtyard house. The ground floor hosts four family rooms and two guest rooms. On the roof there’s an area dedicated to spa, gym and swimming pool. There are two main entrances, one from ground floor, another one directly from the first floor. There’s one elevator connecting the parking with the foyer and one going to the living area.
A simple and pure circular courtyard, overlooking the inner patio, hosts all public activities, in an open space with a panoramic view on the surrounding landscape. It is connected to the ground floor by two main stairs, an elevator-library and by a glass elevator. A small service staircase connects the kitchen with the servant’s part of the house.