Gold Coast Villa, Shantou by AD ARCHITECTURE

The project is a villa located in the coastal city of Shantou. The local fruit and vegetable market is always bustling from 1 am to 5 am. While most people are sleeping soundly, the villa’s owners are busy in the market, living a life upside down day and night. For this project, AD ARCHITECTURE intended to create a healing “harbor”, a cozy home full of love. The home is expected to slow down the fast-paced life of the family, and to be a container of cheers and laughter. At the moment when the owners open the door, their tiredness will be suddenly relived. Photography by Ouyang Yun.


The villa’s original facades were formed by sandstone masonry and lacked maintenance for a long time, causing great difficulties in later upkeep. Considering various limitations, the design team transformed the decorative lines and colors of the architectural facades. To some extent, the limitations brought new opportunities, and the design intervention helped create new landscapes and open up the space. Through facade renovation, the villa appears simple and bright, presenting a strong modern touch.

Located in the coastal villa area in Shantou, Guangdong, the project is about half an hour’s drive from the downtown. The thirty minutes’ drive takes the house owners back to their healing home after ending the busy hours in the early morning. For this project, AD ARCHITECTURE focused on creating a comfortable living place tailored for the occupants, a home with restrained comfort and unique “mediocrity”.

French windows facing the garden introduce natural light into the interior, and guide occupants’ sight lines to the outdoor landscape. The open living and dining area integrates into nature, which evokes infinite imagination and also strengthens the connection between the occupants and the space.

Project information
Project name: Gold Coast Villa, Shantou
Chief designer: Xie Peihe
Location: Shantou, Guangdong, China
Area: 500 square meters
Main materials: stone, Italian sintered stone, handmade paint, wood veneer
Start time: February 2021
Completion time: May 2022
Photographer: Ouyang Yun

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