US design firm Kimberly Timmons Interiors is in the process of completing the design of its first project in China, the Yunling Golf Resort.
Located in the interior of southwest China in Yunnan Province, the nearly 44,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse with championship caliber 27-hole course designed by Rees Jones is situated on the outskirts of Kunming, known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its mild year-round temperatures despite its location of nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. The first 18 holes are slated for a soft opening summer of 2011.
KTI has teamed up with the very talented Kirk Mason of Mason Architecture & Design. “It’s always a pleasure to work on a clubhouse designed by Kirk. He makes our job easier by giving us a wonderful foundation in which to layer details.” said Kimberly Timmons. Rounding off this design team is LLG International who has put their magic touches on the master planning and landscaping for this very prestigious project. The clubhouse is the first building in this upscale master planned resort. The facility will operate as a private members club with resort guest access. The resort will also include a destination spa and fitness center, two hotels and privately-owned villas. Beautiful walkways and water features will link these amenities together.
We began the journey of discovery for the interior character of the clubhouse by looking to the Yunnan Province for our inspiration. The awe-inspiring beauty of this region gave us a multitude of ideas to draw from. Kimberly traveled with the design team in August to the site and experienced firsthand the breathtaking landscape. The fabulous colors of the natural environment, various landforms, abundant resources and great varieties of plant species provided us with the basis on which our color palette was formed. The overall mood of the interiors is that of casual elegance that is warm, inviting and comfortable giving a sense of delight and peacefulness. Interspersed into the interiors will be elements that pay tribute to the past’s rich cultural heritage which will be eloquently combined with the modern clean lines of today.
Kimberly Timmons said of the esteemed Kunming project, “We are blessed to be working with such a wonderful development team to create a destination resort clubhouse that will be enjoyed by visitors from around the world.” We hope this is the first of many international projects to come.