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TOA Landscape Architecture：Travelling is the extraordinary experience and hotels as the travel hub must inspire guests to find themselves in the special and unusual environment.
Hotels are the place where travelers from all over the world visit and stay.
Hotels are the place where business people get rest from their business stress.
Hotels are the place where locals stay for special moments with family.
Also, the place for many people to visit dress parties, banquets and dinners.
A wide variety of guests visit hotels for their own purposes.
Hotels shall be SPECIAL and EXTRAORDINARY place for everyone.
Indigo hotel is renowned as the unique boutique hotel to respect authentic local cultures and its’ unique design. Our design started from the idea what the landscape experience should be for the guests who choose, visit and stay Shanghai Indigo.
Shanghai is one of the hugest and most urbanized metropolis in the world and enormous numbers of high class urban hotels compete each other to fascinate guests. Today, not only in Shanghai but in all over China the urban hotels offer uniformly high-quality service to meet guests’ satisfaction. Our mission for this landscape design is to differentiate the outdoor environment with strengthening its uniqueness and to create the place that nowhere else guests may be able to enjoy and experience.
As a Japanese landscape firm we tried to create the contemporary Asian garden that worldwide guests will feel the Asian exoticness and the oriental beauty. On the other hands domestic guests can feel the sophisticated and contemporary garden that they have not seen before, however the garden shall have warmness and nostalgia inside for these domestic guests to ease and relax their body and mind.
▼实景照片 Finish Photo
Our design source came from the black ink that represents east Asian culture and its’ origin from China. We regarded the paving garden space as a white campus and the black ink beautifully flew on it. Green islands were also located among black and white.
When ink and water blended in, the natural beauty of phantasmagoria patterns appears. We aimed to design this beauty of ink on the land then the flowing and spreading ink creates places to rest, chat and relax. We hope the garden shall offers the guests one of the unforgettable travel memory and to be beloved long of all.
The interior of the hotel is themed with “monopoly” game, showing the impression of retro and modern night Shanghai. Completely different from the indoor lively and bustling style, the landscape is relatively quiet and cozy. The two reverse atmospheres are independent and co-exist, aiming to emphasize the contrast between the hotel indoor and outdoor, highlight the difference between indoor and landscape, and try to emphasize the contradiction and conflict. The entrance of the building faces away from the main road of the city, and the “anti-u shape” is designed to create a slow, independent and quiet hotel atmosphere. After all, the human heart is eager for peace, to step into the landscape, get away from the noise, and feel the real inner world of oneself.
消防体系的美化 To landscape EVE space
The hotel’s center garden area is approx. 1800 m2, however almost 1200 m2 which is two third of the site is occupied with fire engine access and hard standing area. The design came to grips with the big challenge to solve and overcome these limitations and regulations.
We used 50mm shallow and curving shaped pond that matches the regulation and also harmonizes landscape concept to weaken the existence of the fire engine space. The pond layout strategically compasses the main building that makes the hotel looks floating and reflecting on the water, co-instantaneously the garden faces the water at every corner and isolate the space from the outside noisy traffics.
For the treatment of water surface and paved ground, many possibilities have also been considered. In the construction stage, in order to restore the design wish, weaken the boundary sense of the water surface as much as possible, the sample was repeatedly examined and made, and through several studies and comparisons, finally select the special-shaped side stone edge – closing form that is more difficult to construct, keep the water surface level with the ground, and create the visual effect that the water surface originates from the ground.
流动的画面 Flowing landscape
We usually see beautiful scenery, often taken by photographers from non-ordinary angles, and this is obviously not useful to us.
The atrium of the hotel has a small landscape area, so how to create rich and uncomplicated landscape effects in the limited space is particularly important. Taking into full consideration the customer’s moving line, from getting out of the car and entering the lobby through the aisle to the guest room, we repeatedly studied the line of sight in the process of walking, creating a visual effect of moving and changing the scene, like moving scenes unfolding in the eyes.
The plant configuration is also very careful, with scenery in all seasons and scenery in all months. Through the careful matching of the front, middle and back scenes, plants are used to form a natural frame scene, moving along with the customer’s experience and changing the scene like a picture scroll.
▼入口视角 Entrance angle
Every tree in the courtyard is carefully selected, with 23 seedlings in the whole garden, accompanied by the designer for 16 times. Each seedling is repeatedly compared, carefully selected and delivered to the scene, and its position and angle are repeatedly considered to ensure that customers can enjoy the best scenery from any angle.
功能与运营的结合 Outdoor function
The banquet room is located on the south side of the garden, Indigo hotel management requires the consecutive outdoor space for the multi-purpose use such as garden parties, art gallery exhibition, beer festival, mini concert and so on. Our design solution is not only for guests to see the beautiful garden but also to flexibly use it with satisfying hotel demands.
▼中庭广场 Central Gourtyard
A public pocket park is located on the north side of the site and the all-day dinging restaurant is facing directly to the park. Maximizing to use this rich green circumstance we deigned the outdoor food and beverage terrace that is also fire engine access space in between the park and restaurant. The place became the quiet and cozy street with enclosing green back ground and sounds of the small water cascade.
▼北侧空间 North space
设计团队：大川善成， 陈蓉， 屈耸达
业主团队：朱克利， 朱宇超， 罗瑞
Project name: Shanghai Hongqiao Indigo Hotel
Site Area: 6,300 m2
Landscape Area: 3,000 m2
Location: Shanghai city, PRC
Design year: 2016 – 2017
Year of construction: 2018
Client : LONGFOR Shanghai
Landscape Architect: TOA landscape architecture
Design Team: Yoshinari Okawa, Chen Rong, Qu Songda
Client team: Zhu Keli, Zhu Yuchao, Luo Rui
Photography: Makoto Adachi
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