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Tophill：This project is the launch area of Lan Lake Resort, the first phase of the project and the main entrance to the resort. The launch area of Lan Lake Resort (hereinafter referred to as the launch area) covers an area of 87 hectares. The master plan of Lan Lake Resort is proposed to preserve the main area of the reservoir with a better scenic value as the core natural resource for the subsequent development of the resort. Therefore, the launch area is located on the edge of the resort, below the embankment and adjacent to the highway, with secondary scenic value.
▼启动区鸟瞰图 Aerial view
After construction of the launch area, the farming sheds are restored to hills and creek, and the previous reservoir of sub-grade V water is naturally purified and turns into grade III water (safe for entertainment using). The patchy and fragmented state of the natural environment modified by agricultural uses is remediated and nature here is restored to its equilibrium of continuity and harmony.
The launch area now is both an entrance service area for the provision of various resort services and a showcase of the site where the unfavorable site conditions can be transformed into a beautiful resort environment.
▼鸟瞰图 Aerial view
The Orchid Bridge – a landscape bridge derived from natural forms
The Chinese character ‘Lan’ in ‘Lanxi city’ means orchid. It acts as a mental symbol of grace and elegant. Shaped like an orchid leaf and laid above the creek, this pedestrian bridge is the first thing will be seen in launch area. The shape, color, material and scale of the landscape bridge can fully blend into the surrounding environment and is a highlight that adorns the nature surrounding. It also provides shade, rest, and a view, also allowing pedestrians and bicycles to pass through the area directly.
▼兰桥 The Orchid Bridge
▼兰桥内部细节 Interior detail
▼兰桥入口 Entrance area
▼兰桥夜景 Night scene
The Floral Creek – a dynamic water feature with zero energy consumption
The design respects and utilizes the original site topography and creates a multi-stage water terrace. The water originally used for irrigation is introduced into the landscape, allowing the irrigation water to flow through the Floral Creek before continuing to irrigate. Without affecting the agricultural irrigation, the Floral Creek, a living waterscape, realizes self-motion flowing with gravity, and achieves zero energy consumption。
▼花溪鸟瞰 Aerial view of The Floral Creek
▼花溪喷雾 Spray of The Floral Creek
The Visitor Center – a public service building melted into nature
The site of the visitor center was a duck farm on the top hill. The current hill is devoid of vegetation, and the top of the hill has been leveled.
The concept of the architecture design is that the visitor center is built with terrain on high ground with natural continuous shape to reveal the original landform of the hill. The building is as calm and soft as jade, with no sharp angles, lying on the ground, extending into the soil. Leave the skyline for treetops and save the crest for the lake.
During the construction of the launch area, some of the planted trees did not survive. The designers selected those with good form and intact roots, processed and placed them around the visitor center, replacing some of the energy-intensive sculptures. Sections of the trunk were sliced and preserved for use on the building façade, saving a lot of finishing supplies.
▼游客中心 Visitor center
▼游客中心各层平面 The Floor Plans of Visitor Center
The Levee Pier – a viewing deck tapping the nature
At the end of the tour route is the levee that extends into the Lan Lake and is the climax point of the scenic area. The upper level is a viewing deck that opens out into the lake, offering the best view of the lake; the lower level is a waterfront dock for visitors to board their boats. The design aims to bring the grand landscape together at one point for visitors to experience. The man-made landscape will only pithily tap the nature, without impacting the environment.
The Great Lawn – an ecological remediating lawn to healing earth sores
A large swath of nursery where planted trees are sold and left large areas of bare land, leads to erosion and heavy dusting. We propose to grade the landform to connect the bare lands and seed the land as lawn. The silhouette was then sophisticated through canopy and shrub planting, resulting in a large lawn with patches of dense vegetation and spaces of various scales. The lawn attracts visitors to set up tents, picnic, fly kites, and is an ideal venue for the resort’s grass music festival.
▼活力草坪 Energy lawn
Design: Shanghai Tophill Urban Design Consulting Co.LTD
Partners: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Leader designer: Zhiqiang Wu, Zhongliang Lu
Project Manager: Zhongliang Lu
Project location: Zhejiang Lanxi
Area: 87 Ha
Completion Year: 2017
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