Ancient cultures in Asia, particularly the Chinese, have influenced construction methods in that continent and around the world for centuries. Hallmark architectural features include bilateral symmetry, open-air enclosures such as courtyards and sweeping gabled roofs.

Inspired by the events and exhibitions of Asia Week New York, the city-wide initiative which begins this weekend, we examine four lovely examples of modern day Asian-influenced design.


Mae Rim Mae Rim, Thailand


Mae Rim Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand, sothebysrealty.com Property ID 4000025397

Located in Himalayan foothills of Chiang Mai, this Pura-style Balinese compound was designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley to provide the ultimate in luxury living. Designed in harmony with nature, the unique vaulted ceilings, walls of windows and subtle tones create a blend of natural light and free-flowing space, while decorative doors and shutters recall the splendor of the Lanna era. Teakwood floors and large area rugs ground the interior design, hearkening back to an era of grace and elegance.

$15,369,128 USD, ฿458,000,000 THB | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty


Meigetsuyato Yamanouchi, Japan


Meigetsuyato Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Japan, sothebysrealty.com Property ID 4000019458

Originally modeled after a famous historical house in Gifu Prefecture, this elegant and refined home is a fine example of true traditional Japanese architecture. Nestled amidst a beautiful and serene rock mountain, the property borders Kamakura City Park and is surrounded protected land ensuring privacy from future development and breathtaking views for many years. Landscaped in traditional Asian style the amazing sanctuary has a rock garden, large bamboo forest and numerous ponds and waterfalls flowing throughout.

$5,249,912 USD, ¥485,000,000 JPY | Japan Sotheby’s International Realty



Newport Beach, California, USA



Newport Beach, California, USA, sothebysrealty.com Property ID 4346216

East meets west in this premier Bay Island property in Newport Beach, California.  The recently completed pan-Asian residence was born out of years of meticulous planning resulting in a home with a subtle yet exotic ambiance. Substantial, refined, and relaxed, the home with its sweeping water views, features interiors rendered in Mahogany, limestone, bronze and Venetian plaster.

$21,000,000 USD | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty


Quang Nam Province, Vietnam


Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, sothebysrealty.com Property ID 4000020198

Located along the world-renowned Non Nuoc Beach, which was voted by Forbes magazine as one of the world's ten most beautiful beaches, is The Nam Hai all-villa resort. Designed by an award winning team of internationally recognized designers, led by acclaimed architect Reda Amalou, founder and senior partner of Paris based architecture firm AW2, in close collaboration with leading interior designer Jaya Ibrahim and renowned landscape architect Bill Bensley of Bensley Design Studios. Villa C2 is a spectacular ocean view villa and is accessed via a beautiful enclosed courtyard with lush tropical gardens. This villa features pavilion-style bedrooms, central living room with vaulted ceilings and a private heated infinity pool.

$1,600,000 USD | Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty



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