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Inspired by Asian Art Week: 5 Homes Across Asia

Ahead of Christie’s upcoming Asian art sales in New York and Shanghai, we present five luxury homes that showcase the best of Asian architecture and design

This September, artworks and collectibles from across Asia will go under the hammer in a series of auctions at Christie’s salerooms in New York and Shanghai. In New York, Asian Art Week offers a continent of contemporary masterpieces and antique treasures, from important Chinese artworks, paintings and calligraphy to modern and contemporary paintings from the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, as well as major Chinese art and ceramics from the collection of the Chicago Institute of Art. Christie’s Shanghai sales will feature The Spirit Of China – Kweichow Moutai, the First Open, and 20th Century & Contemporary Art.

In honor of these events, Luxury Defined showcases five homes offering the best of Asian architecture and design. Choose among a luxury aerie at the Banyan Tree Residences on Thailand’s Chao Phraya River; a contemporary haven high above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour; an eye-catching beachfront villa in Phuket, Thailand; a hot and cold springs retreat in Atami, Japan; and a mountain escape overlooking Taipei City, Taiwan, that reinterprets the ancient themes of Chinese architecture through a modernist vision. All this, too, is the art of Asia.

Thailand’s Chao Phraya River is the backdrop to this three-bedroom, high-floor apartment in the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok.
Thailand’s Chao Phraya River is the backdrop to this three-bedroom, high-floor apartment in the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok.

This sumptuous apartment offers sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River from its luxury perch on the skyline in the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok. The light-filled, 2,669-square-foot home features three luxurious bedrooms, and a large open-plan kitchen and living area with double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows and nearly 10-foot-high ceilings to take in the breathtaking cityscape. Situated on two acres of grounds, just 50 feet from the riverbank, the building’s developers and designers envisioned it as a “sanctuary for your soul.” Ownership comes with exclusive access to the five-star amenities of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, including private chef catering, spa treatments, housekeeping, and a complimentary river boat service.

Taiwan Villa, New Taipei City

Taiwan Villa was designed by noted American architect Jim Olson to capture views of the Xueshan Mountains and Taipei City.
Taiwan Villa was designed by noted American architect Jim Olson to capture views of the Xueshan Mountains and Taipei City.

Designed by architect Jim Olson, Taiwan Villa is a serene escape in a gated community in Great Taipei New Town, overlooking the hills outside New Taipei City and the spectacular Xueshan Mountains. The three-level, 7,480-square-foot villa is set into a lush hillside, combining privacy with expansive views of both city and natural terrain. The distinctive facade, contemporary interior, lush private gardens, and well-arranged terraces effortlessly balance both livability and beauty. Conceived as a work of art in itself, the three-bedroom residence provides an ideal, light-filled canvas for an art collection. Just 40 minutes away from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and close to international schools and amenities such as the famous Wulai Hot Springs, this is an exquisite haven just half an hour from Taipei City.

This modernist single house on the world’s most expensive street, Pollock's Path, in the Peak neighborhood of Hong Kong, has a private pool and terrace with jaw-dropping views of Victoria Harbour.
This modernist single house on the world’s most expensive street, Pollock's Path, in the Peak neighborhood of Hong Kong, has a private pool and terrace with jaw-dropping views of Victoria Harbour.

This luxurious, modernist single house has a prized location on Pollock’s Path (ranked as the most expensive residential street in the world), in the exclusive Peak neighborhood, the pinnacle of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong was named the prime luxury market in the world by Christie’s International Real Estate in its 2017 and 2018 Luxury Index. The unique multi-level home features a private pool and terraced garden with a bird’s-eye view of Victoria Harbour. The 3,649-square-foot interior has a separate living and dining room, family room, balcony, four en suite bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a banquet-scale chef’s kitchen. Further amenities include staff quarters, a utility room, parking space, and a two-car garage. The residence is close to fine shops and restaurants, and the recreational facilities of The Peak.

Villa Shanti in Phuket, Thailand

In the Phang-Nga province of Phuket, the Thai-style pavilions of Villa Shanti offer sweeping views of the Andaman Sea.
In the Phang-Nga province of Phuket, the Thai-style pavilions of Villa Shanti offer sweeping views of the Andaman Sea.

The eye-catching Villa Shanti features five contemporary Thai-style pavilions, housing six elegant en suite bedrooms, a spacious “Great Room” for lounging and dining, family room, and immense modern kitchen. The indoor and outdoor living spaces balance comfort and simplicity with rich teakwood features, crisp white lines, and lush gardens that reflect the rural landscape of the Phang-Nga province. Pavilions connected by a series of corridors and walkways lead toward an immense garden interspersed with tall coconut palms and sweeping views of the Andaman sea. A stylish 82-foot black-tiled infinity pool rests at the center of the property, with breezy salas on either side. A broad veranda runs alongside the bedroom pavilions and “Great Room,” providing ample space for outdoor lounging and dining.

Named after the majestic landscape and sea breezes that embrace it, Umito Morito Kaze is a beautiful villa in the coastal resort town of Atami, an hour west of Tokyo.
Named after the majestic landscape and sea breezes that embrace it, Umito Morito Kaze is a beautiful villa in the coastal resort town of Atami, an hour west of Tokyo.

Contemporary design and traditional Japanese architecture converge at this tranquil villa in Atami, Japan. Named Umito Morito Kaze, Japanese for “sea, forest, and wind,” the property offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Hatsushima Island from its idyllic forested setting on the Izu Peninsula. The region is renowned for its hot springs, and the villa comes with its own hot and cold spring baths. The four-bedroom residence, ideal for grand-scale entertaining, balances the Japanese craving for intimate spaces with an open-plan living and dining room facing the sea, complemented with an ultramodern kitchen and a deck with firepit and traditional hot springs bath. Hotel operation and management is available to cater to residents’ needs while at home or away.