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水相设计自牧-削减边界,让建筑融入地景 Appreciate Nature-Reduce the boundaries to allow the architecture to blend into the landscape


Waterfrom Design:The Haitang River, near Sanya Bay, had previously suffered from pollution due to rapid population growth and development. Recently, real estate developers have taken over the comprehensive ecological restoration of the river, aiming to restore the natural landscape. The restoration project involves rethinking how buildings and the environment can harmonize, striving to maintain a symbiotic relationship between ecology and urban development.



隐,贴附地形的透薄轮廓 Translucent outlines that adhere to the topography


This project serves as the architectural centerpiece for the revitalization plan of the Haitang River. Adjacent to the waterway, the site’s natural terrain has meandering and sloping features formed by sedimentation and erosion. The initial strategy involved either leveling the undulating riverbanks or raising the base, aiming to reconstruct the buildings to seemingly showcase an orderly and efficient layout. After thorough discussions among the Waterfrom design, architecture, and landscape teams, it was collectively agreed that it would be more appropriate to lower both the physical and psychological presence of the buildings, allowing for a more harmonious connection between civilization and ecology, thus aligning with a mindset that integrates with the earth.


▽设计概念 illustration

▽设计模型 Design model



Therefore, the architecture departs from the rigid and towering structures formed by functional stacking. Instead, it embraces a sleek, low-profile design with transparent, glass-encased volumes gently touching the riverbanks to preserve the waterscape. The pathways branching from the main road wind like tributaries, approaching the buildings, while several mounds and gentle undulations discreetly separate the outer view from the road. The lightly curved roofs, resembling paper gently settling, hover with a sense of grace. At the apex, an opening reminiscent of the contours of a hibiscus flower further dissolves the tangible barrier between the architecture and the landscape, allowing for an uninterrupted view.


▽项目鸟瞰 Aerial view

▽建筑外观 exterior



The plaza and internal circulation paths of the site are nestled below ground level, with certain areas excavated to create sunken spaces. This design creates an overall effect resembling a sculpture nestled into the riverbanks, harmonizing with the landscape. The approach reflects a gentle integration with nature, offering a tranquil, serene environment, free from clamor or bustle.


▽轻盈带曲度的艺术感屋顶 Light and curved artistic roof


▽中庭下沉空间 Atrium sinking space


捏,无边际延展的线与面 Boundless, expansive lines and surfaces


In order to sustain the transparent visual impression inside and outside, the interior breaks away from the traditional delineation of spaces by solid walls and floor divisions. Within the three-meter-high space, the extensive roof creates an illusion of space expanding outwards. A winding ramp connects areas of different elevations, making the floor feel more like a continuous undulating surface in harmony with the terrain, rather than a disjointed, flat composition. This method, blurring the horizontal reference plane, along with the depth of the landscape outside the windows, presents a space that embodies a floating, unordered, and flowing state, echoing the dynamic motion of a flowing river.


▽内外通透的视觉空间 Transparent visual space inside and outside




In instances where significant horizontal differences require the use of stairs, the overall curved surface is maintained by a form cut downward. Varied levels naturally stagger parts of the facade, complemented by retaining walls lower than the outdoor settling blocks. Without introducing rigid partitions, this approach dynamically creates variations in light and scale along the circulation paths. In contrast to the open-plan and glass curtain wall transparency, it better accommodates exhibition areas that require privacy or controlled lighting.


▽内部空间 Interior space



The overall design connects a few necessary elements to form an abstract spatial sculpture. For instance, the reception desk at the entrance utilizes a curved form at the end of a ramp, extending into two overlapping curved surfaces resembling tiny eddies in water, enclosing the workspace while blending into the background. Inspired by the soft, organic contours of flowing water and riverbank land, the design incorporates benches that de-emphasize directional lines, guiding the flow of movement in open spaces, enriching the spatial dynamics with a variety of lines and forms.


▽内部空间 Interior space


掘,土壤的冲刷与堆积 Soil erosion and deposition


For us, the interior pathways act as a sculptor’s knife, traversing the earth’s surface and soil. The movement within resembles the meandering flow of a river, whether through cuts or slow accumulations. The varying layers symbolize the quiet and ceaseless passage of time. The texture of rammed earth can portray the lines of mutual evolution between rivers and land, displaying a gentle randomness.




When architecture aims to resonate with nature, the intended design posture is one of assimilation into the environment, existing as if in a delicate balance between presence and absence. The openings on the surface serve not only for entry and exit but also as catalysts, facilitating a symbiotic integration of the interior and exterior environments. Gazing out, the space becomes transparent due to these openings, yet it encompasses the entirety of the outdoor environment, guiding individuals to humbly contemplate their relationship with nature, rather than adopting a stance of conquering the land.


▽多媒体展厅 Media room

▽一层平面图 1F Plan

▽负一层平面图 B1F Plan

▽剖面图 Elevation





Project:​Haitang River Ecological Park- Haitang Xiaoyi
Interior Designer:Waterfrom Design
Project Development:CRLAND
Location:Sanya City
Area:740 m2
Layout:Ecological Exhibition Area, Tea Tasting Area, Multimedia Area, Toilet
Design Period:2022.09~2023.02
Construction Period:2023.03~2023.09
Material:Light beige rammed earth paint、White oak
Photographer:Vincent Wu




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