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SWA Group + DAOYUAN：Vanke 17 Miles was the masterpiece Vanke forged with great efforts in Shenzhen over a decade ago. Featuring the theme of “The distance I can keep away from the secular world”, the project has struck a chord in numerous supporters and carried on the feelings and spirit inside a whole generation of Vanke employees. In 2018, Chongqing Vanke will renew the legend along the Caijia Jialing River bank, as a homage to the previous masterpiece.
Chongqing Vanke 17 Miles is a brand-new bold attempt at ingenuity and innovation, a definite dark horse among construction projects. Western style houses with very wide faces, scientifically designed and comfortable functional arrangements and excellent lighting systems make the overarching and imposing building connect and mingle with the external natural resources. Streamline exterior façade contours are simple and tasteful, demonstrating a modern, simplified and internationalized construction style. The highlight of the 17 Miles project is the establishment of a professional observatory at the sales office, the commanding elevation of the construction project. The starry sky is within reach and the vast sky and countless twinkling stars are here for you to explore. The 17 Miles project is sequenced according to the arrangement of the cosmos and themed the starry sky. The opening and closing of the building space are rich in dramatic properties. You will pass by the starry sky curtain, the space-time tunnel, meandering through time, the milky way vortex, embarking on a journey of the resplendent starry sky.
璀璨星光的星空幕布 The Starry Sky Curtain
The conditions at the main entrance of the 17 Miles demonstration area are not ideal since the roads are still under construction. However, the hill slope formed by the construction of the road has become a “stunning” background for the main entrance. We believe the 150-meter long horizontal space between the municipal road and the entrance should be designed more from the urban perspective to display its nature and indescribable beauty. Here we have created the curtain of the Milky Way, a silvery ring belt surrounding the tranquil sky. When the night falls, the brilliance and dreamy romance will be on stage here.
▼星空幕布 Star Curtain
The vertical and horizontal sizes of the starry curtain are beyond the ordinary people’s imagination. White is used as the tone of the overall color. Therefore, we hope that the texture of the surface layer should demonstrate multi-level changes and variations. Some interesting changes have been made in the relationship between the concave and convex. The horizontal interface is a brush of soul-stirring white Galaxy star light, which extends into a wonderful curtain composed of starry starts shining brightly in the velvet sky. The whole curtain is composed of three different perforated steel plates of different sizes, densities and orders.
The classic logo of the 17 Miles is situated firmly on the ground, simple but imposing. It intensified the penetration of the urban interface and the sense of focus of the entrance.
穿越时光的时空隧道 Space-Time Tunnel -a portal to travel through time
The space-time tunnel at the entrance of the starry sky curtain looks like a cosmic black hole. At the end of the tunnel, the bright lights illuminate the exit. With the drifting fog, glimmering bamboo forest, the twinkling stars, and the sounds from far and near, it looks and sounds like a forest rhapsody, full of mystery. Black mirror steel and light interact with each other, making you feel as though traveling through time and space. The terminal of the space-time tunnel awaits your exploration.
▼时光隧道入口 Entrance of Time Tunnel
如梦如幻的时光漫步 Dreamy Meandering Through Time
Traveling through the space-time tunnel while accompanied by insects and birds chirping, you can meander through the 500-meterlong bamboo path delightedly. With over 100 thousand strains of moso bamboo of 9 meters tall and the fog rising from the ground, the bamboo path is grand and magnificent, covered in mystery. Two beams of light guide you way forward, with stars scattered in the bamboo forest indistinctly. Moso bamboos erect like soldiers in order, neatly and towering. When the dark green color dissipates into the air of the bamboo path, look up at the starry sky, you will feel as though meandering in time tunnel, like in a sweat dream.
▼竹林漫步道 Bamboo Walking Path
©Holi landscape photography
二次元的星河漩涡 Milky Way Vortex in the 2-dimentional world
Through the bamboo lane, you’ll reach the roof terrace of the 17 Miles Sales Office, a place nearest to the stars. We all agree that we need to build a space to connect the time and the universe. Or we can imagine that we are capable of traveling through time on top of the 17 Miles roof. We can see the milky way vortex, the black holes of the universe, and also the patch of light.
▼星河漩涡 Galaxy Vortex
The Milky Way Vortex waterscape stands in the center of the roof, forming a huge water whirlpool through the built-in reflux device. The center and boundary are illuminated to form a strong halo in the starry sky.
The roof garden is carved up in a modernized streamline style, aiming to freeing up more space. The traditional terrazzo process is adopted in the pavement combined with modern aluminum ring and the new technology. The plain traditional hardscape design collides with the modern technology, giving the terrazzo new vitality. The advanced technology can display fully the filaments of the starry sky, meanwhile the application of the traditional material can arouse the memories and life episodes buried deep inside.
Vanke 17 Miles has made some innovative attempts in visual art, constitution art and interactive devices, inherited the innovation gene of previous 17 Miles products. It simplified the original complicated spatial system in a more direct way, making the space constantly transformed and presented in front of the visitors. Customers can feel the uniqueness and charm of 17 Miles, a dreamy, modern legend about the starry sky.
Location: Chongqing, China
Completion: August, 2018
Type: Residential demonstration area
Client: Chongqing Vanke Real Estate
Program design: SWA Group
Deepening\Construction design: DAOYUAN
Construction: Sichuan jintianxia landscape engineering co.,ltd
Photo credit: Holi landscape photography