Architectural design firm Joey Ho Design takes a modern and stylish interpretation of the bamboo forest
Imagine shafts of sunlight seeping through the forest mist, refracting and reflecting, with leaves woven in a peacefully comforting uniformity. That was the tranquility that designer Joey Ho
tried to capture in an approximately 8,100 sq-ft house in Wuxi, China, called the Bamboo House
, which was completed earlier this year.
Initially, Ho was faced with the challenge of capturing the spatial relationship between bamboo and the living space, as well as integrating and transforming the forest scenery into the interior of the house. After doing a careful study of the properties of the house, Ho decided to use bamboo as a material to fill the spacious interior with minimal decoration to complement the design concept.
While the house’s name suggests a traditional, rustic dwelling, the actual house is a representation of modern luxurious living. That’s achieved by using bamboo in a variety of ways in the interior décor, such as using it as the wall cladding, room separators, overhead lattices and a variety of truly inspired bamboo ‘chandeliers’, rather than directly applying the actual, organic form of bamboo. In doing so, the outside environment is brought inside in a subtle and discreet way.
To complement this, marble flooring and walls with a neutral palette, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors are used to create a stylish and simple interior design.
The living area stretches beyond its interiors, reaching to the far ends of the exteriors to meet the outdoor greenery, resulting in an open, welcoming space.
On the other side, the family space, semi-enveloped by overhead bamboo lighting, is infused with energy and a lively ambience, making it perfect for major entertainment activities to take place. The bedroom, enclosed by horizontal lines of bamboo spreading over the back wall, takes on a peaceful and quiet aura under the natural soft light.
Adding to the richness of space is an inverted pavilion concept in the bathroom, with soft ceiling lights simulating a skylight to create brightness and transparency — and creating the illusion of bathing in the shadow of an outdoor bamboo pavilion. The clean backdrop invites natural light to illuminate the interior, creating a sense of spaciousness and serenity; an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.