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GM Landscape Design: A few years ago, we made a hypothesis, if a real estate developer turned a space that was originally a residential community into a public park, this change would be encouraging, even if it was expedient and temporary. That’s because, compared to the city-level parks that can’t be visited several times a year, a green space that can be enjoyed on a daily basis would be the real driving force to promote happiness in life.
Today, this assumption is becoming a reality. In the riverside section of Xiaoshan District in Hangzhou, Yanlord Land has taken several sites that are vital to the future development of the new city. The plot A was originally planned for the construction of a broad demonstration area, but if you had the opportunity to visit the site, you would find the well-designed waterfront is also an open space named “Unbounded Park”. Not only the residents from the neighborhood would visit this place frequently, but many citizens from other districts are willing to drive and enjoy a beautiful afternoon here with their families.
▼广亩将这片属性自我突破的景观实验地定义为“无界公园” GM defines this landscape experiment site as “Unbounded Park”
This site is located in the middle of Hangzhou city center and Xiaoshan Airport. Although it is only 10 kilometers away from the airport, it is still a long way from the main districts of Hangzhou, as well as the Xihu Scenic Area and Xiaoshan Business Circle. However, the project site is adjacent to Qiantang River, which is only one kilometer away. Besides, there is also a beautiful artificial lake on the east side of the site.
The importance of green space to the city is self-evident. Adding green space to planning has become the “political correctness” in this era. Behind this sentence naturally contains two connotations, one is the natural attribute; the other is the social attribute.
From the nature perspective, the most crucial starting point for design is how to understand the publicity of the demonstration area, to connect and continue the natural transition between the demonstration area and the residential area. Since the demonstration area is located at the intersection of the artificial lake and the Pioneer River. It is convenient to connect with hangyong expressway. Besides, the land is large enough to create a closed environment with natural ecological significance.
From the perspective of social attributes, the most far-sighted decision that the client and GM jointly made was to set the demonstration area as an urban park rather than a real estate exhibition and sales environment. In unpopular new districts, the contribution is obvious and profound. This behavior is equivalent to sharing the living room with the neighbors in which adding social value to a relatively private space.
▼入口门廊 The entrance
Most of the community needs around the site are based on rigid needs, and there are many groups of young people and families. In the future, Xiaoshan science and technology city will also introduce a large number of knowledge groups. From the perspective of use demand, whether it is a large-scale urban green space or a public landscape space, the design of GM aims to surpass the ecological environmental utility in the traditional sense under the context of high-density interpersonal space, but more bearing the social function of interpersonal interaction place.
Among nearly 18,000 square meters of parks, the 3,200 square meters of children’s space becomes the most popular “paradise” to the public. The undulating pedestrian bridge, the plastic dynamic maze, the interactive area with fine sand, the tree house and flying saucer hidden in the woods… Constitute a series of accessible, daily landscape infrastructure. As a result, social media, knowledge, sharing, parent-child and other experience keywords have become the key words of “Unbounded Park”.
However, if we only understand this design from social values and functional effects, it seems that it is far from enough. The greatest ambition of the GM landscape is also constructed on cultural attributes and visual identity, making it a work that belongs to Hangzhou.
杭州身处江南水乡，几千年的” 水文化” 从西湖、京杭运河、再到钱塘江，这一组关系促使景观设计以“钱江潮”其为文化元素，将钱塘江的语言应用于景观布局及细节之中。线性流动的空间框架，作为景观塑造的灵魂要素，成为与都市现代风格平行的景观形态。
Hangzhou is located in the water town of Jiangnan, thousands of years of “water culture” from the West Lake, Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, and then to Qiantang River. This group of relations inspires landscape design extracting “Qianjiangchao” as a cultural element, and further applying river language into the design layouts and details. The linear flowing frame become the soul element of landscape shaping, in which parallels to the urban modern style.
Zoomed out to the circulation pattern from the urban interface to the Unbounded Park, all of the paths and linear structures has responded to the theme of water culture, create the lakeside as a back garden and sports park of the community. Although the size is not small, the landscape design is still compact and interesting, and there is no such thing as extravagance.
Finally, GM uses a variety of paving material system: the entrance (gravel polymer), the path (light gray volcanic rock), the porch (grey floor tiles), the steps (double-sided granite) and other different paving materials, which is harmonious and unified. As for the landscape lighting system continues the “flow” theme, and it also fits the movement of the youth community. Besides, planting design is dominated by the selection of cypress and hackberry tree that constitutes the overall tone of the forest, with Cinnamomum camphora and cherry trees intersperse among them. Together making the color scheme stylish and elegant. In addition, the soft decoration has also undergone a lot of customization, not only the theme sculpture and garden facilities, but also a large number of featured landscape pieces distributed in the children’s area and the entertaining area.
Based on these details implementation, the design team has carried out several rounds of cost optimization control for the client. From the careful selection of suppliers and materials, it has achieved the initial scheduled effect and saved considerable construction cost.
Nowadays, Unbounded Park is radiating its own gravitational effect, and playing an active role in the future development of the entire community, as well as the living experience and the subtle continuation of its history. Focusing on mobility and movement, Unbounded Park connects the dynamic relationship between human activities and natural systems with the attitude of urban landscape infrastructure, and tells the progressive belief of Hangzhou city in the 21st century.
设计/竣工：2017 / 2018
摄影：仁恒置地 & 地产线 & 鲁冰
Project name: Hangzhou Xiaoshan Unbounded Park
Project address: Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Area: the landscape area is 17800㎡/ the children’s park is 3200㎡
Developer: Yanlord Land Group & Hongkong Land
Landscape design: GM Landscape Design
Architectural Design: PTArchitects
Design / Completion: 2017 / 2018
Design Department: Wang Songsong Studio
Director of Design: Wang Songsong
Predesign: Shu Hang, Chen Yan, Yu Feilong, Zhu Huijie, Liu Dexin, Luo Chengling, Mo Yesheng, Liu Youming, Che Yiping, Jian Yilan, Xu Tianlong, Tian Zhu, Yue Fanqi, Huang Sheng, Jiang hao
Later design: Zhu Haiming, Wen Zhuo, Zhang jun, Wang xing, Lu wei, Cheng mohao
Plant design: He Wenhong, Wei Yanjun
Water and electrical design: Ren Li, Tao Yi
Photography: Yanlord Land Group Limited & Real Estate Line & Lu Bing
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