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LANDAU：In his Remarks on the Ci Poetry’s Wonderland, Wang Guowei described three states of life: struggling, maintaining and gaining. The same is true of the presentation of a good project. Located at the crossing of Conghang Street and Liyang Road, with Beijing-Hangzhou Canal on the west, the site is the last residential land nearby the canal, scarce and valuable.
The interface between the quiet residential community and the busy city is a very important space which is four meters high to allow the access of the firefighting truck and keeps in harmony with the surroundings and the clubhouse behind. Here the gate is designed in the shape of a fan which unfolds slowly, and the wooden grilles just look like the ribs of the fan. The entrance opens directly to one of the eight scenes of the Grand Canal Mansion – “Horses Drinking by the Stream”. The walls and the building façade are painted in the same white, while the top and the corrugated aluminum plates of the building are in dark color, keeping the whole space in a harmonious atmosphere.
▼主入口 Main Entrance
The landscape design has drawn inspirations from the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the living scenes along the traditional water lanes, and the images of traditional gardens.
▼“折扇”屏风 The “Folding Fan” Screen
Just as Wang Guowei said in his Remarks on the Ci Poetry’s Wonderland, “Jing-jie, the image world is not made up of merely outer scenes and objects, but also of happy, angry, gloomy or merry inner mind. Therefore, poems which can depict genuine scenes and sentiments, may be said to mirror it, otherwise they fail to do so.” In the landscape design for the Grand Canal Mansion, the designer has paid attention to every detail, using rhythmic gratings, bamboos and hard-edged shadows to show different sentiments.
According to the overall plan, the villas are built in the center of the community, around which are highrises. Two cross streets running from north to south, connect all the buildings and landscapes together. With streets and lanes, courtyards and parks, hills and woods, it has integrated traditional beauty into modern lifestyle, creating an ideal living environment with well-organized spaces, multiple functions and poetic atmosphere.
▼会所立面夜景 The Club Facade Night View
▼会所入口夜景 The Club Entrance Night View
Traditional gardening elements such as frames, mirrors, holes and screens are employed together with modern skills to describe the traditional life along streets and alleys in Jiangnan Region. In addition, the designer has also reproduced rain alley, Ma Tau Wall, flagging, sail, lantern, calligraphy, bollard, port, stone bridge, bamboo forest, etc., allowing people to have an experience of traditional Jiangnan lifestyle.
As you stand in the doorway, the scene of “horses drinking by the stream” will come into sight. Along the road paved with slabs and stones, there is a level bridge and overhanging eaves, which enable you to forget the hustle and bustle, present the oriental beauty and remind you of the nature of life.
▼饮马溪边 The horse on stream
▼饮马雕塑 The horse sculpture
The screen enriches the space, while the passage and the transition spaces lead people to the second scene – “refreshing wind and bamboo shadows”.
The water yard is actually a large light-flooded atrium. Having communicated with the architects, the landscape designer put the scattered small light wells under the mirror water, using waterproof glass and skylight to ensure the integrity of the water and the lighting effect of the basement floor. Following the simple and elegant architectural style, the walls are designed with square openings, which reflect on the mirror water to create a royal and elegant atmosphere.
▼“清风竹影”实景 The water yard
▼水庭和采光天井 The Water court and daylighting patio
The beautiful community by the Grand Canal. Interprets the romance and poetry of life. Described in beautiful poems and paintings – The idyllic life full of changes and joy, As well as freedom.
Living in this romantic community, we can even experience the hustle and bustle of the old streets and alleys. The landscape design of the Grand Canal Mansion has reinterpreted the new orientalism and brought a new breath to the romantic Jiangnan.
Project name: Grand Canal Mansion, Hangzhou
Developers: SHINSUN, LVDU
Project address: intersection of chonghang street and liyang road, Yuhang district, Hangzhou Province, China
Landscape design: LANDAU
Architectural design: gad-Zhejiang
Interior design: NNS Design (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
Construction: Hangzhou Xuanhe municipal landscape engineering co., LTD
Photography: Holi landscape photography
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