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Z’scape：To understand the fundamental form of beauty, we must start from the state of nature to discover those that attract you. To watch and listen, to arouse people’s interest. And to find out pleasant events and scenes…You will understand naturally, human life experience is the source of art.
— “The Art of Experience”, John Dewey
The Shijiazhuang Sunac Center is in the Yuhua Business District, South Second Ring Road, Shijiazhuang City, surrounded by high-rise buildings and noisy urban traffic. The Life Art Museum is in the previous French demonstration area of Sunac Center, where can be approached through the entrance axis sequence and the open lawn in the rear courtyard. Z’scape in collaborate with with GOA, the architect of Mushou Xixi Hotel, aiming to build a southern artwork with a concise and peaceful style in the northern city.
How to design landscapes in a high-density city, French-style demonstration area, and a site of simple Chinese-style buildings. Here is the boundary between the city and the site, the boundary between the previous demonstration area and the site, and the boundary between Western and Chinese styles. The design needs to express the artistic and aesthetic atmosphere of boutique hotels. However, at the same time, it needs to satisfy the client’s and visitors’ functional requirements for static and movable activities of sightseeing or staying.
The project is also facing the cost control limit in 2020. Z’scape with the Shijiazhuang Sunac team tries to break through the boundaries, blend in the junctions and fuzzy areas, and achieve “innovation in the law”. We believe that boundaries and restrictions will also stimulate the energy of design.
The landscape design technique is a simple and powerful spatial separation. The juxtaposition of linear walls, corridors, paving, and an array of forests allow bounded areas to have infinite spatial experience through mirrors and water reflections. Through the contrast and association of materials and shapes and the slight intervention of linear elements in the installation art, the site is full of memory. While depicting the artistic and boutique hotel style, the design also allows the families who come to visit to have unlimited fun.
The alley with dark mirrored texture starts at the pedestrian circulation of the Life Art Museum and serves as a connection to the previous French-style demonstration area. The Chinese Ash Woods intends to blur the boundary between the Chinese style and the western. The mirror wall uses a modern language to connect the old and the new in the natural woodland, and gradually melt the boundary and style of the previous demonstration area through mirroring image.
林镜 Mirror Forest
The typical image of a southern town is water reflecting the sky and the buildings with white walls and black tiles horizontally like a black mirror. This also inspired the Mirror Forest Alley.
Here the black mirrors stand vertically on both sides of the path, 5 meters away. The mirror produces endless illusions, breaking people’s imagination of narrow spaces. At the same time, the ash tree array absorbs part of the skylight. As a transition into the quiet Life Art Museum, the ash tree array presents the escape of the hustle and bustle and the arrival to a pure land.
At noon, the sunlight is strong, and the mirror illustrates an endless forest. Images change with the sunlight angle, leaving a unique sensory experience to the visitors. It also records the trees that change with the seasons and the colored lighting that lit up at night.
未圆 Wei Yuan
Weiyuan is a semicircular waterscape on the lawn facing the entrance of the building. It can form a full circle in the mirror, changing with the reflected light, full of both virtual and realistic interest.
草色户庭间 The Lawn within the courtyards
The inner courtyard is framed by five interlaced walls at the boundary of the building and the site spreads out on the green open lawn with large hackberry as the main scene. It has corridors, forests, water, a platform, a southern garden experience, and changing scenery on the pedestrian circulation. Space creates an artistic conception of “the bright moon shines among the pine trees, and the clear spring flows upward the stone “.
“空则灵气往来” “Spirits comes from the empty”
Through the study of the positional relationship among the houses, the roof overhang, and the big tree, we locate position and projection of the five color lines with minimal intervention in the environment and the lowest cost to create an interactive landscape.
The empty beam uses fine silk threads to affect the space. It can change with the light and project on the surfaces of different materials. The interweaving creates infinite imagination for visitors to contemplate or interact with space.
Z’scape wants to explore the design direction of a unique shape that combines the reasonable characteristics of artistic beauty and technical skills. The inspiration for the empty beam is the interior installation. Under the cost control and the requirement of interaction, we apply the installation to the landscape. The idea has been achieved through coordination with the clients and the experiments between the construction team.
Due to the climate and cost limit in the north, the water feature is designed accordingly. The waterscape brings the sky into the courtyard as a quiet element in a limited space. The bubbling springs and ripples, the skylight, and the shadow of the trees achieve the artistic conception of “clear water reflecting the landscapes”.
The corridors are built along the walls, but partially apart away from the walls suddenly. Therefore, various small courtyards are formed between the corridors and the walls. The spaces are intertwined, overlapped, or connected. The corridor is also the main space that guides pedestrian circulation between the building and the courtyard.
关于儿童活动 About children’s activities
In this demonstration area with a boutique hotel temperament, we did not set up a programmatic equipment space for children but used open lawns, woods, colorful silk threads, buttons, and other elements to stimulate children to discover and explore The relationship and fun between man and nature, man and environment.
Family members can actively participate in the exploration of the courtyard landscape. They can discover buttons in the water or in the beam on the grass, enjoy the happiness and contemplation of the spatial experience in this beloved city center.
The landscape design of this project is to find an appropriate way within various limits and boundaries and strives to present an illusory realm, an artistic time and space. Strolling in the space, people can get tranquility and an artistic sense, and children can also have a good time here. Z’scape believes that the beauty of the artistic conception of space is not limited to a specific form and style. The design creates an open space to achieve a balance between buildable, impressive, and usable space. The infinity in the bounded contains order but also contains change…
Owner: Shijiazhuang Sunac
Landscape Design: Z’scape
Design team: Zhou Liangjun, Zhou Ting, Du Jingzhi, Chen Liping, Hou Weiguang, Lu Cen, Han Pei, Gao Zhonglin, Liu Jiaqi, Zhang Qiuyu, Sun Chang
Owner’s management team: Zhang Cong, Ji Leitao, Zhao Chunyao
Architectural design: GOA
Landscape construction: Tianjin Yuancheng
Construction team: Cheng Dianqi, Cheng Shichao
Photography: Luan Qi, Sunac
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