Wateryard House

Lead DesignerHorace Pan
Prize(s)1st Place in Interior Design
Entry Description

This is a showhouse of a new property development in Shenzhen China. With 1500 s.q.m. in size occupying 5 storey, its spatial planning gave reference to traditional Chinese Courtyard House with a new interpretation. Different functional zones in each floor stacked up to surround the central “Courtyard” of skywell and indoor swimming pool. Beauties of natural landscape of mountain, sky, water, wood and stars were brought into the living environment in an abstract way.
Key functions of “living” and “dining” were allocated to surround the central “sport” area of indoor swimming pool on ground level. The double-height living area was connected to pool-side dining area and open kitchen behind. Motorized skylight on top of the 3-storey atrium allows natural ventilation, sunset and visual penetration to the whole villa. The central “wateryard” also regulate indoor temperature during hot season for energy saving, and act as reflective pool to provide starry light reflection during night time.
Guestrooms and master room were located on both sides of the atrium on 1st and 2nd levels enveloped with full height vertical timber slots to give privacy. Open-plan layouts with slide-folding doors in master room blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor. Key materials of timber, white and grey marbles match with earth tone furniture to give a subdued and modern touch to space.
Leisure and recreation functions were allocated at the basement1 and 2 levels with good acoustic control. Double height central area under the swimming pool structure installed with suspended copper tubed LED lights give the party area underneath a starry night effect. It depicted the beauty of nature again and provided a romantic scene for the reading area / wine cellar / mini theatre and gym at the periphery.
Luxury living , was defined by the adoption of traditional conception through a modern lens.


Horace Pan, a Hong Kong design figure famous for creating story-telling and unique spatial experiences of various interior disciplines, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design and Master of Arts degree in Design from School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He established his award-winning design practice PANORAMA in 2003 and received over 100 international awards. Pan now furthers his professional career in the field of design education and is the assistant professor at School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and serving as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and 2011-14 Executive Board Member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). Pan received Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Designers Award and China Entrepreneur Award in 2008 & 2010 respectively, 2015-16 Designer of the Year in China. Pan was the only Chinese among the 10 invited international designers in 2011 Taiwan International Interior Design Exhibition. In 2014 Pan received Hong Kong & Shenzhen Outstanding Achievement Designer Award in recognition of his contribution to the interior industry development over the past decade. In 2016 & 2017 Pan was respectively invited as international judge for Hong Kong’s APIDA Award and Japan’s JCD Award.