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Nestled in the city, this project’s symmetrical arch windows and angled roof resonate with the Renaissance elegance of the Château de Chambord in France. Inside the French castle there are glass-cuts and curtains whose patterns derive from Chinese octagon motifs and a fascination with Chinese textiles, evidence of cultural interactions nurtured by the Silk Road. The project concept, with silk being an integral design element, is therefore inspired by those reciprocal exchanges between Eastern and Western thinking as well as aesthetics brought about by the ancient trade route. Imperial gold, elegant blue, translucent glass, refined silk… pleasure is woven into the very warps and wefts to convey a language that speaks of both a classic era and the modern day.