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GVL: The site of Fortune Garden nestles in the key development zone of Zibo City, which connects Zibo New District with the Central City. Strategically located between the high-tech zone and the south city, it is the biggest shanty-town renovation project in Zibo in the year of 2016.
The Fortune Garden is a third-generation residential development co-presented by GVL and Xin Dong Sheng Properties. In addition to modern functions, the project is also endowed with unique culture which integrates different industries and helps to shape a culture-oriented community. GVL began to get involved in the project from the very beginning, trying to help local enterprises find and solve their pain points. During the process, based on years of practice and experience, GVL has strategically provided innovative solutions and gradually realized the upgrade of the development. Fortune Garden is special, since a happy home is the greatest expectation of the relocated residents. And GVL’s design is sure to bring a great change to life and contribute to a happy life.
▼鸟瞰 Aerial view
According to the planning, the ground floor will serve as retails while the upper floors as apartments. Therefore, the ground floor provides commercial services and parking, which well meet the daily requirements of Fortune Garden’s residents. In addition, connected with the urban road, the commercial street will attract more people here.
The terrace on the second floor is just like a “forest in the air”, which is designed in modern Chinese style to provide a happy living space for the residents. Different from traditional design to separate commercial space from residential space, the vertical space arrangement provides more commercial facilities and allows people to enjoy quietness and prosperity at the same time, benefiting all people involved.
▼二层平台上的“高台园林” The terrace on the second floor is just like a “forest in the air”
The site is divided into the east and west parts by the urban road, which are skillfully connected by three landscape bridges in the air, making everywhere accessible. Along the landscape bridges are green trees serving as shelter from the outside disturbance and ensuring the privacy of the residents. Meanwhile, the apartments overlook the outside city, allowing residents to experience the hustle and bustle of city life.
▼空中景观天桥连接两侧地块 The separated plots are skillfully connected by landscape bridge in the air
Fortune Garden covering an area of 110,000 square meters, its landscape design is inspired by Qilu culture of Shandong province, introducing Chinese-style elegance, etiquette and poetry into the garden and creating a boutique residential community of modern Chinese style. This kind of cultural context brings the sense of belonging. In terms of overall layout, Fortune Garden boasts the beauty of culture and art, presenting “five ceremonial entrance spaces” on the way home with skillful landscape design.
The entrance space to the lobby is decorated with a waterscape and zigzag steps, making the space compact and allowing people to experience the charm of Confucian culture. The gallery-like lobby, designed in modern style, is ceremonial and in contrast with the noisy outside world.
The second entrance space is a 150 meters long landscape axis extending from east to west, along which are six spaces divided by landscape walls and trellises. Artistic details and sequential space arrangement allow people to enjoy different views while entering the space.
▼景墙与廊架的转折布局 Spaces divided by landscape walls and trellises
Colored glaze made in Shandong is an important element in the space, which, combined with the mirror water and the curve-shaped plants isle, contributes to a poetic and welcoming atrium. Recreation areas are arranged in order, forming a “second living room” where residents can gather together in the evening, chatting and enjoying the beautiful moon and lake.
▼第二会客厅 Second living room
The third ceremonial space is orderly interspersed with small gardens, which will encourage residents to communicate with neighbors and get close to nature. Every tree and bush help to create a natural and relaxing atmosphere that welcomes people back home.
▼三进组团花园 The third ceremonial space
Then comes the “Happy Way Home”——a 1.4-kilometer colorful runway runs through the garden, connecting various functional spaces and small gardens and introducing a healthy lifestyle.
▼贯穿园区的彩色跑道 Colorful runway runs through the garden
The last is the entrance space to private garden. The landscape design realizes people’s dream for a private garden and the exquisite details bring the sense of honor and belongings.
In the south of the site, a square garden (80 meters in length) is enclosed by buildings, which combines functions such as children’s playground, interactive stream, fitness facilities, waterfront recreational space, sunny lawn, etc.
▼南区复合型功能空间 Complex functional space in the south of the site
Each functional area is independent and permeates each other: the cascade is created by making use of the underground parking; a stream thus forms for children to play with water; at the end of the stream a trellis is built to overlook the whole garden; beside the stream is the mat-covered children’s activity space, which is equipped with an eye-catching amusement facility.
With at least a 50-meter distance between all buildings, various functional areas are reasonably interspersed to meet personalized needs and provide activity spaces which are easily accessible for the residents.
In order to build a child-friendly community and provide a more suitable home for children to grow up, three children’s playgrounds, all no less than 550 square meters, are designed in different areas of the garden. Each has a unique theme: the fantasy whale bay, the dream train island and the interstellar pirate ship, all of which are equipped with corresponding floor patterns or facilities to entertain children of all ages. Children run happily around, filling the air with joy and vitality.
▼分布在园区的儿童区 Children’s playgrounds are designed in different areas of the garden
The project of Fortune Garden has fully demonstrated that behind the renovation of physical spaces is the reconstruction of social values. It’s not simply to pull down, remove and rebuild but a process of upgrading to sustainable development. Here in Fortune Garden, there are old friends and new neighbors, complementing the city with warmth and kindness. As the name suggests, Fortune Garden allows all the residents to find their dream home in this diverse community.
Project: Xin Dong Sheng•Fortune Garden, Zibo
Developer: Xin Dong Sheng Properties Co.,Ltd.
Area: 110,000 m2
Time of Design: January ~ November, 2019 (residential)
Time of Completion: May, 2020 (residential)
Landscape Design: GVL Guangzhou
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