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SecondNature: The Flower Bay Wetland, Wuxi is one of the Zen-style landscape practices that SecondNature has participated in, for which the design team created a tourist destination that integrates nature, culture and lifestyles. It satisfies people’s longing for a unique experience of Zen life.
▼无锡拈花湾湿地 The Flower Bay Wetland in Wuxi
A few years later, SecondNature was once again commissioned to design for a more challenging landscape project — Mountain Taibai·Tang Town. As for this project, the design team has drawn on experience from the Flower Bay Wetland, focusing on Tang culture and delivering overall landscape design based on traditional Chinese garden style.
To reproduce the idyllic life in the Tang Dynasty, the designers drew inspiration from the poet Wang Wei’s Wangchuan Villa and reshaped the ideal life among mountains and forests. Just like poets at that time used all their talents to describe the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty with countless poems, the designers today are also playing the same role to integrate the ideal pastoral life into reality.
Chinese gardens have left their deep mark on the long history of mankind. As important parts of the traditional garden system, what are the similarities and differences between Chinese Zen-style landscapes and traditional Tang-style landscapes? Maybe here in Mountain Taibai·Tang Town we can find the answer.
▼夜晚灯光效果 Night view
Traditional cultural characteristics are introduced into the design, which is based on Tang Culture, Mountain Taibai, hot springs, etc., allowing visitors to return to the most brilliant era and experience the incredible Tang culture and the romantic pastoral life.
▼山水和仿古建筑相融的意境之美 Shape the landscape in harmony with the surrounding environment
Prosperity endowed the Tang Dynasty with immortal influence. Looking back on its development, we found that landscape poetry was integrated into gardening ideas by literati, which feature naturalness, simplicity and purity. Hence we continued the same design language and applied it throughout the design.
The design follows the natural style, trying to shape the landscape in harmony with the surrounding environment. Along the winding tree-lined road are the antiqued buildings built in Tang style. Small boat floats on the mirror lake, creating a simple and elegant atmosphere. Through the design, we can experience the peaceful life of Chang’an people in the Tang Dynasty as well as the romance of Mountain Taibai.
▼园桥的应用 Application of bridge in classical garden
The designers have paid special attention to details and skillfully used the typical cultural elements of the Tang Dynasty. Colors, decorative patterns and plants are carefully selected to highlight the charm of Tang Culture.
Elements such as peony, red maple and lantern are applied to the landscape design to reproduce the scenes of life in the Tang Dynasty, which allows people to experience the romance of Tang Culture and the pastoral life once led by the literati in the glorious Tang Dynasty.
Chinese Zen style originated from the White Horse Temple, which was the first Buddhist temple in China. Later it was influenced by Japanese Zen, which shapes its detailed and exquisite design style. On the contrary, the traditional Tang-style landscape is based on Confucianism and Taoism, which focuses on creating ecological and natural atmosphere in an overall context.
The development of the cultural landscape industry is a process of exploration and practice. While practicing in the cultural landscape, SecondNature is also actively exploring the application of culture in different design contexts. We are committed to creating a beautiful and sustainable living environment, and we will continue to explore and innovate in the future.
Project: Mountain Taibai · Tang Town — Eastern Xanadu
Year of Completion: 2019
Area: 33,318m2 (phase I)
Location: Yingbin Road Middle, Mountain Taibai International Tourist Resort, China
Landscape Design: SecondNature
Design Team: Chengdu Branch No.4 Project Team
Architectural Design: UA, HMD
Construction: Sichuan Luohan Landscape Engineering Co.,Ltd.
Photographer: Liu Cong (SecondNature)
Text/Figures: Brand Department of SecondNature
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