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MPG Group: Envisioned as a place to relax the mind and fill the soul, Oasis Hot Springs Resort Hotel is a therapeutic destination modeled through one of the most revered Chinese empires, the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907, this period of rule not only recognized China as the most powerful and prosperous country in the world, it acknowledged the classical high period of Chinese art and literature. The imperial monarchy set high standards for cultural efflorescence in a cosmopolitan style, and artistic development flourished, to which later poets, painters, and sculptors aspired.
▼项目整体鸟瞰 Aerial view of the project
The Resort’s design is inspired from poetic stories, songs, and art, and the importance of having these necessary cultural influences underscore and support a healthy life balance; where hard work is offset with time necessary to reflect, renew, relax one’s spirit, and find inner peace, harmony, and tranquility. The Dynasty’s strength believed that a brilliant and prosperous society needs time to ease and slow down, thus enabling one to possess more energy, increased metabolism, improved memory, a more positive thought-process, and better decision-making capabilities.
The Oasis Hot Springs Resort Hotel is a “traditional seaside secret located in the city”. Being a noble place reserved for individual contemplation, discovery, validity, and interpretation, it is located at the Yuanlong Bay International Tourism Area of Qidong, along the Yangtze River Delta outside of Nantong. The site encompasses over 30,150㎡of area, complete with 36 palatial villas and 89 elegant and well-appointed waterfront guest rooms. The Resort’s name is derived from the abundance of high-quality deep-sea hot springs that naturally flow into the local ecosystem. It is a beautiful, picturesque, and secluded area; the perfect retreat to take care of one’s self and cultivate one’s morality (as these are important human characteristics to pursue and maintain within Chinese culture). Water here takes center-stage, as its qualities and attributes are numerous – it is diverted to exhibit distance and openness from which elegant garden spaces are defined; its flow infiltrates to support life within it and around it, and its purity, clarity, and richness of minerals reflects the desire to use it extensively as natural elixir to cleanse and detoxify the body and mind.
Water offers dynamic views that reflect the landscape, enlarging it as it mirrors and feeds the densely vegetative surroundings and architecture as it embraces the horizon. It portrays itself primary as design expression; it is also utilized as a functional interconnected system of stormwater drainage, required on-site retention, and bioremediation. Water connects all Resort programmatic elements that guests will utilize to make their stay memorable and rewarding.
The Resort’s garden spaces offer passive meditative journeys of personal contemplation and exploration, one step at a time, as one follows along the gently curved perimeter that softly fluctuates in elevation. The landscape design is supplemented through contrasting tactile elements of soft vertical planting and hard structures, organized accordingly to direct clear spatial movements.
The Resort’s architectural style is reflective of the structures built under the Tang Dynasty. Central to that is the importance of a grand ceremonial entrance and greeting, the point where one begins their transitional journey to relieve and eliminate stress and engage inner relaxation.
▼迎宾大堂鸟瞰 Aerial view of the lobby
The Hotel Atrium houses a Ziyun Pavilion that engages the water’s edge. The symmetrical ceremonial entrance leads guests into the Hotel lobby, expressing a sense of dignity while giving people the impression of generosity and gravitas.
Courtyards visible off in the distance display miniature Zen gardens.
In order to provide a more cohesive design intent, literal narrative descriptions derived from the poetry, song, and art developed during the Dynasty are depicted in the landscape: “The wind blows the green willow, the white water reflects the red peach…””…boat line on the blue waves, people in the middle of the painting…”
▼乘一叶扁舟，歌弹一曲 The poetry, song, and art developed during the Dynasty are depicted in the landscape
Here , materials are substituted (which is normal) to reflect similar representational qualities. Materials are substituted into metaphors they represent: Sand is gently raked to reveal waves or ripples on a water surface; stacked stone elements are used to represent surrounding mountains.
▼临水而居的酒店建筑 The hotel houses are built near the water
From the surveyed guests, it appears that twilight is the most contemplative time to fully experience the Oasis Hot Springs Resort Hotel and its vast offerings. The gradual dim of a darkening skylight, with lanterns flickering their mirrored light on glass-like water planes, the songs of birds preparing for night, and the scant scent of jasmine perfuming the air, it is a special time and place to renew one’s mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Refreshing the mind by using the spring, stone, bamboo and trees and cultivating one’s morality by poetry and liquor. The Oasis Hot Springs Resort Hotel, a prose poem singing about life.
摄影：Shrimp Studio 邬涛
Project Name: The Oasis Hot Springs Resort Hotel
Project Location: Jianghai Industrial Park, Qidong, Nantong City
Developer: Qidong Yingtai Real Estate Development Co., Ltd
Landscape Design: MPG Group
Photo by: Shrimp Studio – Wu Tao
Landscape Area: 30140㎡
Design Time: 2017
Completion Time: 2020
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