Yueshan Mansion, Serene Existence in Urban Forest

At the base of spectacular Mt. Emei, in China’s Sichuan province, the Yueshan Mansion residential project borders the main city of Chengdu to the north and the sprawling resort region of Lake Exiu to the south and east. Enveloped by the best of both worlds, the designer set out to infuse existential significance into the unique space by creating a delicate balance of urban and forest experiences. The result is a serene residential setting that embodies its natural surroundings of mountain and stone, water and clouds, body and mind.

Micro-landscape ecological installation on the leisure island Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Entrance reception hall Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Hues with views

To capture the essence of the surrounding rock, water, lush vegetation, and sky, the designer chose a palette of natural colors, delicately harmonized to exude a light and lively atmosphere. Deep green tones mimicking those of Mount Emei provide a seamless connection between the external majestic backdrop and the residence’s interior. Following patterns of the external landscape, the palette progressively lightens, emulating a hike up the lush mountainside, through the cloud forest, and eventually touching the sky.

A glass partition screen on the main level provides a playful aesthetic to external views of the mountain. From a distance, the partition’s slicing wishbone pattern creates the visual impression of a curtain of rain gracefully rolling over the mountainside.

Entrance reception/ coffee bar Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Low saturation tone, presenting a vivid spring Photo credit: Xiahou Quanshen

Integration with nature

Abundant natural light illuminates the residence’s main level, where an island structure houses an ecological micro-landscape of rocks and trees that captures the essence of Mount Emei, and serves as an aesthetic expression of the designer’s interpretation of humanity and nature in harmony.

A pure and serene existence Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

“This was more than just an interpretation of seamless integration into natural surroundings,” says X. “We hope that this project will inspire deeper thinking about connections with nature, thus inspiring greater debate about the harmonious balance between human desire and sustainable development.”

Book bar and leisure area Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Partition screen is like a curtain of rain, rolling vaguely Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Book bar corner Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Glass partition with light volume Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Contemporary comfort

The functional properties of the residence were primary considerations and embrace elements of local culture and the natural environment. Changes in floor tones capture the essence of nature and integrate gradually into the residence’s contemporary décor. The result is a very relaxed atmosphere that balances rich poetic aesthetics with the wonders of nature, attained through the application of modern design methods.

A corner filled with textured geometric lines Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

“Our goal was to ensure a very modest intervention into the surrounding landscape,” says X. “We wanted to infuse the residence with the beauty of its surrounding nature while blending seamlessly into its embrace.”

Left: Glass partition details. Right: Light details against the glass partition. Photo credit:Xiahou Quansheng

Interior landscape stone details Photo credit: Xiahou Quansheng

Technical sheet 

Project Name: Yueshan Mansion, Serene Existence in Urban Forest

Client: Everbon Shuanglin Group

Interior design: H DESIGN

Design team: Hu Kun, Yu Tengfei, Pei Xueshan, Zhang Min, Li Ke, Zhou Fulong, Qin Qingsong, Ye Suhang

Main materials: Marble, White Oak, Fishbone Glass, Brushed Black Steel and Bronze, Acrylic veneer

Building area: 680㎡

Address: Emei, Sichuan

Photography: Xiahou Quansheng



Based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China, H DESIGN (HK) is an interior design firm specializing in high-quality custom design services for high-end commercial real estate, top-tier hotel/club brands, and large-scale office buildings. Espousing an international perspective, the young, but the rapidly-evolving company has built an exceptional design development team. From conceptualization, to program development, and design supervision, H DESIGN (HK) challenges convention in the pursuit of design excellence and harmony.

Since its founding, the firm has amassed an impressive portfolio of design projects carried out for clients including Wanda, KingKey, CHINA MERCHANTS, Hilton, and many more world-renowned real estate companies and hotel groups.