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Landpoint Design：Beijing Metropolis Riverside is a stunning condominium that captures the vibrant metropolitan lifestyle. Located in the Tongzhou district, a further expansion of Beijing, where five rivers converge. The development features two magnificent apartment buildings reaching a height of 150 meters where residents can experience the essence of urban living at its finest.Vanke Metropolis Riverside is situated in a stunning section of the confluence of five rivers, including the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the Wenyu River, the Tonghui River, the Yunchaojian River and the Xiaozhong River. The architectural design of this project is by renowned Japanese designer Toshio Tsushima and developed by SUNLAY. The buildings feature the same all-glass façade as the world’s leading apartments ONE57 and 56 Leonard which is a prominent urban landmark along the canal’s waterfront, offering a captivating 270-degree panorama of Beijing’s sub-center and the riverview from within the building.
▽项目区位 Project location
▽城市背景 Urban background
▽建筑与景观界面 Architecture and landscape interface
The landscape design comprises two components: the enchanting oriental garden on the ground floor, and the breathtaking sky garden which is the highlight of this project. The sky garden, situated atop “The Twin Towers”, stands as Beijing’s highest accessible sky garden, offering a spectacular panoramic view.In the design, the integration of architecture, interior and landscape is also the pursuit of this project. With the common design concept of “natural infiltration”, the three majors have designed many Spaces where natural landscape and artificial construction blend with each other.
▽轴测图 Axonometric drawing
▽自然的浸润-建筑、室内设计与景观交融 Infiltration of nature – architecture, interior design and landscape blend.
主入口酒店式落客 HOTEL-STYLE DROP OFF AREA
The project’s facade embodies a blend of sophistication and functionality, with glimpses of greenery peering through the rhythmic metal grille, establishing a strong connection between the community and the city.The design features a harmonious blend of both ethereal and unambiguous aesthetics. The gate’s presentation aligns seamlessly with the project’s design concept, which is well integrated into the surrounding landscape. The thin metal grille wall narrates elegant sequential art, subtly extending the site’s design into the urban fabric, while from the perspective of the urban landscape, the entrance acts as a frame, picturing the unique oriental courtyard within the cityscape.
▽入口城市界面的处理尽显雅致 The entrance city interface is tastefully handled
▽酒店式落客 Hotel-style Drop off Area
Beneath the stunning cantilever entrance, the hyperbolic shaped green islands blend in seamlessly, enhancing the aesthetic and reinforcing the bond between architecture and landscape.
▽悬挑发光顶棚 Cantilevered Luminous Canopy
都市园林-清粼之庭 BROOKSIDE SHIMMER GARDEN
The Brookside Shimmer Garden takes inspiration from the serene sound and elegant motion of water. The shape of the cascading water feature is meticulously crafted with gracefully flowing lines that integrate with the changes in the terrain providing a captivating sight and undulating waterscape.The terrace of waterfalls presents an exquisite fusion of sparseness and denseness, offering a diversity of visual experiences. By precisely controlling the water’s flow and velocity, the sounds and shapes of water intertwine and descend in a dulcet symphony.
▽清粼之庭 Brookside Shimmer Garden
▽层叠的台地水景 Layered terrace water features
The featured stones are scattered around the water feature enveloped in mist, as the water gently cascades into the pool.
The spring is encircled by rocks and mist, with glistening crystal-clear water illuminated by sunlight. Additionally, the planting design provides shading on three sides of the entrance to the underground car park at the rear, effectively enveloping the entire site in lush greenery.
▽毛石质感铺地和座台 Rubble stone flooring and pedestal
▽大地之泉 Spring of the Earth
室内外的互动与交融 CONNECTION AND INTERACTION BETWEEN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
由意大利建筑及室内设计师 Mauro Lipparini 主笔的室内空间，通过运用简约线条、简单色彩，使自然的景致通过窗景、光影、绿植等形式从户外过度到室内环境。天花和地面使用了高反射度的材料，以倒影的形式将景观之水色、绿色纳入室内空间，落地窗、高窗取景簌簌箬竹、粼粼碧波——以声、光、型、影等多个维度形成了相互的“浸透与交融”。
With minimalist lines, simple colours, play of light and shadows, and greenery, renowned Italian architect and interior designer, Mauro Lipparini, skillfully integrates the natural landscape into the interior space through windows. Highly reflective materials are used for the ceiling and floor, play a role of starting conversation between the interior and the plant life outdoors. The floor-to-ceiling windows and clerestory windows bring beauty of the bamboo shadow and the waterscape to the inside – integrating design through the interaction of sound, light, shape, and shadow.
▽首层室内空间 Interior Design of the Ground Floor
▽由室内望向天井空间 Looking out from the Interior to the Courtyard
屋顶花园 SKY GARDEN
On the mezzanine level of the roof, sky gardens have been meticulously designed, offering residents the opportunity to experience fresh air and appreciate the canal view without ever leaving the building.In summary, this project diverges from conventional residential landscaping as it necessitates both sophisticated interior design and weather-resistant outdoor landscaping. The challenging conditions, construction complexities, and the functional requirements of the high-class condominium community make this project both innovative and fascinating.
▽屋顶花园轴测图 Axonometric map of roof garden
Designing and constructing a high-rise sky garden in the Northern region presents significant technical challenges. The semi-enclosed structure of the top floor poses limitations on air-conditioning. Because Beijing’s climate is completely different from that of the south, the cold winds and sandstorms in winter, the sweltering heat in summer, and extreme seasonal temperature variations, further complicates the situation, thus drawing inspiration from established roof garden designs and technologies in Singapore and Thailand proves to be a demanding task. Additionally, new considerations such as plant selection, wind and sand erosion resistance, and creating a comfortable microclimate on the rooftop need to be addressed.Moreover, since the rooftop project was started after the completion of the building construction, the structural design, load-bearing capacity, and drainage of the roof garden’s subfloor presented significant difficulties. Furthermore, the fact the residents had already moved in the building during the construction phase of sky gardens, limited material transportation options to a pedestrian lift, narrowing our choices in weight and specifications.
N1山丘茶室 N1 HILLTOP TEA PAVILION
The primary means of access to the Hilltop Tea Pavilion, located within an oriental style zen garden, is by taking the lift to the top of the N1 Building. Rocks and mosses were deliberately selected as the design elements for the zen garden. This choice not only aligns with the overall oriental aesthetic of the project, but also ensures optimal landscape outcomes despite challenging circumstances. These challenges include the limited survival potential of plants in semi-open environments and the difficulty of material transportation.
▽山丘茶室布局 Hilltop Tea Pavilion Layout
玄关花园 FOYER GARDEN
The objective was to establish a serene and pristine ambiance in this environment. These materials, including frosted glass, white sand, and washi paper, create sheer undertones and subtle layers within the space. The overall aesthetic is enhanced with the addition of polished metals and greenery.
▽玄关花园 Foyer Garden
枯山水苔庭 ZEN-STYLE MOSS GARDEN
Situated below the entrance foyer, lies the serene Moss Garden, designed in a tranquil Zen-style. A wooden tea pavilion is at the far end of the line of sight. Meticulously crafted, this space embodies simplicity and purity, where shifting light and shadows reveal intricate details. As dusk descends, a soft, diffused light filters through the washi paper doorway, casting an ethereal glow over the garden.
▽枯山水苔庭 Zen-style Moss Garden
茶室会客 TEA PAVILION
Outside of the Tea Pavilion, there are pathways that have been designed. A distinctly oriental touch is introduced into the setting by the screens and Shoji.
As you proceed eastward through the passageway adjacent to the tea pavilion, you will stumble upon a delightful miniature garden adorned with a featured tree, plant group and steppingstones leading to two other pavilions.The trees in this garden are not chosen for their perfection and neatness of crown, but rather for their natural growth shapes. These shapes closely resemble those of native trees found in the wild. The selection of trees, with their dynamic branch curves, creates a harmonious blend with the tea pavilion’s well-ordered lattice frame.
▽茶室会客 Tea Pavilion
The tea pavilion with four seats is located on the opposite side of the garden. Accessible via stone steps and a bridge, the pavilion is constructed entirely of wood and laminated papers using specialised technical methods that guarantee durability when exposed in semi-outdoor conditions. Furthermore, it boasts remarkable lightness and stability to install atop the rooftop.
Given the project’s elevated position and abundant sunlight exposure into the garden, the Shoji (sliding door) design incorporates washi paper with a specific transmittance to effectively block the intense sunlight. Additionally, this interaction between sunlight and the washi paper throughout the day creates a delightful play of light and shadow.
The interior of the tea garden is carpeted with tatami mats, and the ceiling is made of soft membrane which is pervious to light, the projected light is even and gentle, and the absence of ceiling lights contributes to the room’s pristine, minimalist atmosphere.
▽茶室内部空间 An Interior View of the Tea Pavilion
观澜卡座 RIVERVIEW OUTLOOK LOUNGING
Passing through the miniature zen garden to get to the north passage, where the Riverview Lookout Lounging is located. The private lounge is enclosed by screens and can accommodate 4-6 individuals. The exclusive retreat offers a unique view of the magnificent rivers. Companions can indulge in engaging conversations and relish a cup of tea while immersing themselves in the captivating vista.
▽观澜卡座 Riverview Outlook Lounging
N2落日酒吧 N2 SUNSET BAR
The Sunset Bar is a dynamic modern lounge on the top floor of Building N2. N2 has smaller dwelling-size, and its residents are mostly fashionistas and young people. Drawing inspiration from the N1 Hills Teahouse, the design concept of the N2 Sunset Bar presents a distinctive and vibrant approach. It incorporates a colourful and dynamic form, aiming to encapsulate the essence of modern urban living. Meticulous landscape design showcases the interplay of natural elements, including light, shadow, and time, adding to its allure.
▽落日酒吧布局 Sunset Bar Layout
玄关空间：解构暮色之美 FOYER AREA: Deconstructing the Beauty of Twilight
The area between the lift lobby and the roof garden is enclosed by exquisitely coloured stained glass. As sunlight filters through, casting enchanting patterns of light and shadows, it evokes the magnificent Piet Mondrian Effect. Even before setting foot outside the lift door, visitors are instantly attracted by the striking visual effect of the colours, immersing them in the vibrant atmosphere of the Sunset Lounge.
▽电梯厅 Lift Lobby
落日酒廊 SUNSET LOUNGE
The initial impression of the “Sunset Lounge” is one of intense iridescent colour. Through the extensive use of richly coloured materials such as stained glass, green marble and rusty steel plates, light and shadow are deconstructed to create an intense and disorientating “twilight cocktail party” atmosphere, adding to the allure of the space.
▽落日酒廊 Sunset Lounge
A canopy of fairy lights is hung over the lounge to provide ambient lighting and conceal the exposed staircase structure above. On the opposite side of the lounge is a spacious party area with high ceilings. A staircase leading up to this exquisite space lies at the end of the corridor, next to a stained-glass screen.
幻彩屏风 FANTASY COLOUR SCREEN
Next to the square screen made of coloured stained glass and weather-resistant steel panels are stairs leading to the high-ceilinged” Party Venue”.
▽幻彩屏风 Fantasy Colour Screen
Party聚汇厅 PARTY VENUE
The ‘Party Venue’ boasts high ceilings and is adorned with beautiful stained-glass windows in various colours. It provides an intimate gathering space for 10-20 people, perfect for hosting events like board games, film screenings, presentations, and socializing. Additionally, the venue offers stunning views for guests to enjoy while they mingle and connect.
▽Party聚汇厅 Party Venue
The other side of the gathering space is enclosed by cozy timber booths that create a tranquil retreat for reading, conversation, and relaxation. These thoughtfully designed seats are accompanied by waterproof charging sockets for added convenience.
天空吧台 SKY-HIGH RELAXATION
At the best viewpoint of the “Five Rivers Convergence”, an L-shaped bar has been set up where you can behold the view of the capital’s river flows with grace, as night falls with pace, the lights come alive and night life comes in to lift.
▽天空吧台 Sky-high Relaxation
In this project, a range of removable landscape features were used to optimize flexibility and streamline construction processes. Particularly is the implementation of “landscape curtains” at the Sky-hight Relaxation, effectively partitioning the space. Moreover, during scheduled events, these curtains can be replaced with posters. This innovative strategy ensures both adaptability and aesthetic appeal.
The dynamic interaction of daylight bestows a distinct hue upon every scene; on cloudy or overcast days, the place is rendered in a palette of emerald and blue.. This area has a consistent chromatic effect under different lighting conditions due to the use of various colour combinations.
社群的挖掘——与业主共建 COMMUNITY DEVELOPING: Residents Come Together in Collaboration to Build a Thriving Community
Wang Shi, founder and chairman of China Vanke, consultancy of World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organisation (WCCO), hosted the paddling club party “Crossing the Streams” at the scenic N2 Sunset Bar, The “Party Venue” underwent a temporary transformation into a lecture hall, while the Sky Bar was decorated with posters and furnished with table sets. Alongside club parties, a diverse array of weekend events are held in N1 and N2 buildings, including “Lesson by master calligrapher Kerang Kou” and “Engagement Party” in N1 and a joyous “Riverside Night – Garden Cocktail Party” in N2. The rooftop gardens offer residents a wide range of exciting weekend activities, ensuring a vibrant and fulfilling community experience.
Project name: Beijing Vanke Metropolis Riverside
Project location: Intersection of Tongyan Expressway Exit and County Road 013, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China
Developer：Vanke Co., Ltd.
Design Period: May 2020- February 2021
Completion Year: 2022
Gross landscape area：8210㎡
Landscape design: Landpoint Design Co., Ltd.
Leader designer： Huawen Li
Design team：Jianhong Li, Wenqiang Zhang, You Zhou, Ziyu Zhou
Photo credit: E-ar Photograph
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