Although appearing plain, the master's study evokes many of the principles of Confucianism and Daoism. The simple desks and furniture show a dedication to study, by having a clear area to think and learn, rather than a busy commotion where one could easily be distracted. The open windows allow one to look at nature, and like a Daoist, feel the flow of the universe. Open windows and other designs in the walls were created to create a feeling of "space beyond space", a sense of Unmanifest Dao, which could make the viewer feel smaller in comparison to the world. By taking a closer look at the architecture, you notice that it is actually complex, rather than the simple appearance it initially provides. This makes the room feel like it's basic humble, while really compacting many detailed things in it. The humble, yet complex feeling amplifies the aspect of Confucianism in the room, as Confucianists needed little to study their arts.
Diagram of the complex architecture
I believe a future 8th grader should have the chance to go to the Astor Court because it was a unique, quiet exhibit unlike anything else I've seen, in Living Color or in general life. The plainness of the garden expressed more with little features, and it had a different approach to showing the exhibit compared to straight up facts and paintings. I would never have thought that there would be a garden in the museum, much less in the city, and I was impressed on how it captured a realistic feeling of how a garden and study from an ancient chinese dynasty.