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LANDAU:Guangzhou Poly Group Corporation’s project, “HuaCheng Times”, learns from the essence of traditional Lingnan gardens and combines modern landscape design techniques with ingenuity. Poly Group dedicates to the growth of all things, stone, tree, landscape and the shade of green, to explore the rhythm of nature. With a beautiful natural environment, the project is located in Conghua District, Guangzhou surrounding by mountains and rivers. The site location’s back is against water and the existing heights difference gives it more possibilities.




According to the study of the characteristics of the site, the designers extract the essences of natural elements, such as the power of light, the agility of water, the thickness of the stone, and the vitality of the tree. Applying all these essences to the design, the designers divide the entire demonstration area to four different rhythm spaces: Shiyu (Stone’s story), Songlin (Pine Forest), Shuiyuan (Water Garden) and Wenyin (Hearing Shadow). The messages from nature spread in each space, waiting for the unexpected encounters with the one.



石语——石倚风前树,莲栽月下池 The Stone’s Story


As the entrance space of the demonstration area, an open space layout is adopted. The gate wall uses the stone with natural texture, providing a stable and heavy feeling, showing the prudent feature of the “Huacheng Ji (Flower city Era)” project and the royalty of the noble families. The water body with a mirror like surface reflects the scene of the entrance and extends the space infinitely vertically. The pine with a powerful gesture standing in the water is waiting for the arrival of the guests.




Throughout the door, the tall arbor arrays are on both sides of the road. The integrated and symmetrical aesthetics contain the idea of the oriental order.



At the end of the boulevard, a mirror like water is presented to the viewers. The water in the pool and the clouds in the sky echo each other, dancing like a butterfly in the dream and meanwhile immersing in illusion and reality, the past and future. The water is clear like a crystal mirror. The miniature pine standing alone like a sculpture, interacting with the white stonewall behind, forms a picture “Songfengshiying (the wind of pine and the shadow of stone)” that full of Chinese Zen. The traditional Chinese art is humble. The ornamental perforated windows on the stonewall learn from a method called “obstructive scenery” from Chinese classical gardens. Through the window, people can glimpse the landscape in a limited space but intrigue infinite thinking.



松林——烟翠松林碧玉湾,卷帘波影动清寒 The Pine Forest


The garden establishing technique “one pool and three mountains” began in the time when Han Wudi built the Jianzhang Palace in Chang’an. He excavated the Taiyechi pool in the palace, built three islands in the pool, and named it “Penglai”, “Wanzhang”, and “Yinzhou” to imitate the wonderland. Since then, this layout had become a common layout for emperors to build palaces. This kind of layout can enrich the water layers and break viewers’ single sight, making it gradually becomes a classic style.




This project also uses the “one pool and three mountains” method, creating a world in a limited space. The daylight passes through the pine forest, becoming partially visible. The mysterious fog is flowing above the water, making the viewers fall into a dream in the Penglai fairyland… sitting quietly on the steps along the water, the viewers release everything with a meditation mind. They may be reminded by what Gautama Buddha said: ” All things contrived are like Dream, illusion, bubble, shadow, And as dewdrop or lightning, they should be regarded as such. ”




Viewers are slowly approaching in the fog and reaching another space, which is the rectangular reflection pool as the center of this space. The pool is surrounded by two opposite stones. The cutting surface of the stone is highly polished, reflecting the water surface and extending the space infinitely.




The entrance to the corridor is trapezoidal, attracting people to arrive in and explore. Entering the inner corridor, the exquisite wire grille divides the scenery behind subtlety. The sun shines on the ground pavement through the grille, playing the movement of light and shadow.



水苑——池水亭亭如有光,晓风清露点新妆 The Water Garden


Throughout the corridor, there is a water body making the view more open. The water bridge is set up upon the water. The large curved bridge extends the visiting circulation to show more landscapes. Strolling among it with changing scenery, viewers will forget about the worldly society and refresh themselves. There is a wetland continent in the water. The green island is quietly floating upon the water, creating a beautiful space and a leisurely mood.




A set of sinking decks was placed close to the waterfront of the sales office, providing a pleasant and elegant outdoor space for business meetings. Sitting quietly with water surrounding, people can smell the fragrance of wind breezing through the lotus, refreshing the air and their minds. The spring device in the water occasionally makes a small drop, like an elf, lively and dynamic, adding vitality to the whole space.




The exterior of the building is covered with metal tubes that are arranged in an organic manner, echoing with the tall and beautiful Terminalia with a sense of linear extension. At the same time, the vertical upward lines also symbolize the continuation of life, adding more rhythm and movement to the whole space.



闻荫——兰蕙缘清渠,繁华荫绿渚 Hearing the Shadow


Following the stone bridge, visitors will enter the sample house. This area is the last scene of the transition from outdoor to indoor. The designer hopes that every visitor can feel the honor of returning home as the great service in a hotel. The designer learns from the local gardening techniques in Chinese classical gardens and combines the original height difference with the terraced landscape, making the way home more natural and interesting. Suitable native plants are selected to enclose the space. The sunlight falls on the lawn, branches, and corridors, leaving the shadow on the ground. The breeze sways the shadows, and the gentle fragrance floats among them. It is a different world in the downtown area. People can borrow a half-day leisure from their busy daily routine. Becoming neighbors with the trees and flowers, and becoming friends with the breeze and bright moon, visitors can walk on the steps accompanied by the songs of birds, and gradually relax their mind and body, and slowly find the sense of belonging in here.





The Green Mountain and water looks like a painting. We should go out of the city, to see the beauty of “Peach Blossoms with dew” and “Green Willows with mist”. Guangzhou Poly Group Corporation’s “Flower City Era” has created a paradise outside the urban. Here, you can find the change of the four seasons, the alternation of the day and night, the flowing of the light and shadow… Time has witnessed the growth of the landscape, and the landscape has offered time nourishment; here, every day, every experience, is the touching feeling of time and life.





Client: POLY Group
Landscape design: LANDAU DESIGN
Architects (concept): Shanghai Jiazhu Design Consulting co., LTD. & BXHH Architects
Interior: Shanghai Jiazhu Design Consulting co., LTD.
Photography: Holi Landscape Photography


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