The Jjng’an Prime Land project conceived by Mason Studio for multi-generational families, with a minimal design approach, expresses how essentialism redefines accepted notions of luxury within the traditional urban context of Shanghai.

Jing’an district is rooted in tradition and culture because of its namesake temple. Built over two thousand years ago, it remains the physical and symbolic center of the community. As the city continues to densify and residences are built for a growing population, this development provides families with an alternative to the commonly seen condominium typology offering traditional notions of luxury through ornamentation and additive decorative application within single-level residential units.
In the heart of the historical district, the design of these townhome interiors made by the Toronto based Mason Studio is a pure and minimal expression of extravagance. These family-oriented environments prioritize natural light, personal outdoor space, and the use of the highest quality finishes. The refined construction detailing and minimal use of finishes express how essentialism redefines traditional notions of luxury.
Throughout the development, the interior material selection for the townhomes is reduced to the use of only three main materials: wood, marble and hand-troweled plaster. A key element throughout the design is the lighting; a highly considered component that creates a dramatic and functional backdrop regardless of the interior furnishings. Not solely serving as a decorative application, lighting becomes an integral element in the interior architecture highlighting the interior finishes and supporting the functions of the space.
The ground-floor property (Townhouse A) is conceived as a space for a young family. As a rejection of the chaos of the exterior environment, the design creates a calm and ordered atmosphere to enhance the quality of family life. An underlying fluidity was created through the use of a consistently light color palette, physically soft material textures and subtle patterning, complimented by the abundance of natural light.
The upper property (Townhouse B), is designed for a mature family, who spend their free time attending social functions, entertaining their extended family within their home. The color palette, pattern and textural variation reflect the vibrancy of the lifestyle of the homeowners.

Photo: Seth Powers
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Townhouse A, living room with view to terrace

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Townhouse A, dining area

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Townhouse A, lower level entertainment room

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Townhouse A, lower level entertainment room

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 Townhouse B, kitchen and central staircase

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 Townhouse B, master bedroom

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Townhouse B, master bathroom

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