Hanging Garden and Vertical Landscape
By layering landscape elements, boundaries of functions will become blurry. An exuberant and syncretic space will then be built up to give a picturesque view of the industrial park.
Foreword: Today, when people’s personality is defined by the division of labor, mental state hijacked by productivity, life governed by the zoning of urban areas, it is time for us to look back at the buildings in which we reside, and examine whether they help bridge the gaps between us as individuals and society at large, and light up the way towards freedom and happiness in our life.
The northern suburb of the ancient Jiadingcity was once a flat and wide country field. With the rapid development of urbanization,it is planned to be an industrial park now.The original pastoral scene has been cut into blocks of different uses by planned road network.Not only the landscape, but also people’s lives, has been sliced into different parts by the busy road network and blocks.
The building site is located at a square plot in the ancient Jiading city. We don’t want to cut people's lives into functional parts such asre search and development offices, canteen, accommodation, and entertainment area. Instead we hope to intertwine high-speed working experience and relaxing environment together. By layering landscape elements, boundaries of functions will become blurry. An exuberant and syncretic space will then be built up to give a picturesque view of the industrial park.
The initial idea of the design is to be “sunyata”,we hope that “sunyata” can derive courtyard. Different courtyards have different scales, locations and heights,which are available for “sight” seeing and traveling. All functional spaceswork together with these courtyards to compose a scenario withrich layers and blurry boundaries.
After“sunyata”,we use walls to structure the “shelf”. Walls are not only the partitions that divide rooms and skin that enclose buildings,but also are languages for free space planning. The walls are the three-dimensional calligraphy that outlines the space skeleton. Taking a walk in the building, we can have insights into the rapid change of the time and space through the changing scene.
Architecture is a scenery frame. One can see a clear structure at a distance, and experience changing views while walking inside it.
The fountain wall facing to the entrance on the ground floor produces the rippling sound of water. Together with the platforms behind it covered by the trees, compose the vertical courtyard.
Walk up the staircases, steps and platforms swirl around the trees. Branches are within reach. People and nature are harmoniously blended in the courtyard.
The courtyards in air fold layer upon layer, weaving together with other functional spaces, with paths wandering in-between them.
When buildings stand on the site, the “sunyata” is the marvelous point.Light and shadow paint the pictures with nature color of the trees.
Years later, when small trees grow up, the buildings will be covered by flowers and trees.
The whole site will become a three-dimensional picture.
Lingering around the courtyard, one can experience the dynamic life scene by experiencing the layering and density of nature.
The northeast corner of the balcony faces the street inter section. Large Span of cantilever represents the trend of up-going.
The courtyard at the northwest corner faces inward to give protection from the freezing wind.
Upper and lower courtyards at the southeast corner overlap and correspond to each other.
The southwest corner platform is connected with the open corridor, with a full exposure to the sunshine and warm wind.
When people wander in the building, either walk around for views or rest and take a nap.
they can always enjoy their life and feel the time changing through nature.
The temporary scene describes our expectation, and makes plants grow up harmoniously with buildings to enrich the view.