Kaisa Mountain View Garden
Create a new perspective，Inspire different senses
Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden project is located against the luxuriantly green Shigou Hill, overlooking Wugui Mountain, the first mountain range of Zhongshan. Also, it borders the Natural Ecology of the Yangtze River Reservoir, enjoying an outstanding urban interface, rich mountainous and water resources, intoxicating scenery, and a charming environment. When creating the landscape for the exhibition area of Kaisa Mountain View Garden, GND Landscape took the surrounding advantaged environment as the basis and the city’s nature as a design image. Besides, mountainous and water elements were abstracted to continue the architectural language. Light and shadows were introduced into this space and establish connections between nature, space, and humans. Thus, an aesthetical experience gallery where modern architecture converses with the natural environment is constructed.
Status and Strategies
Create a space integrated with interactions
Regarding the landscape design of Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden, designers gave consideration to local conditions. They reviewed the forms and rhythm of space to incorporate the characteristics of architecture and the plot into the landscape.
△设计策略 Design Strategies
Combining the colors, forms, and characteristic space of architecture, the landscape design connects landscape, architecture, and urban green land into an open region to present the beauty of natural rhythm.
△空间营造 Space Creation
Human and nature are two eternal topics. Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden project has always been exploring the concept of coexistence between humans and nature. Given that the exhibition zone is adjacent to nature, designers constructed a two-story viewing platform along the hill. The plain, elegant rockery and water views are accentuated by Wugui Mountain’s grand scenery, whose harmonious coexistence jointly creates the purest natural landscape.
△空间布局及流线 Spatial Layout and Flow
As the visitor walks forward, the spatial rhythm slows down and accelerates gradually, blending the landscape courtyard and architecture organically. When walking in it, one can appreciate the scenery that varies widely.
A Harmonious Scene that Extends Freely
The space on the first floor creates a beautiful water view in an artistic context. The pond resembles a heart, on which ripples stir up a lively view. Reflected on the mirror-like surface are buildings, the courtyard, remote mountains, and daylight. Independent views inside and outside the space coexist and blend into a fascinating opposite view in the space.
Above the water view, the shape of the ceiling is made of mirror finished stainless steel with water ripples. Echoing the water view on the ground, it endows the space with warmth and makes the entire environment softer.
Integration and Coexistence of Traditions and Art
Walking into the exhibition area, visitors will find the space relaxes and converges, proceeding layer upon layer. Based on the Chinese-style architecture style of “Four Streams Returning to the Hall”, the view of “light chasing the mountain” shines with originality. It combines modern sculptures, creating peculiar oriental aesthetics in a contemporary style.
The sculpture“Looking Up” is designed to add an artistic flavor to the landscape and create rich humanistic connotations. Standing here, one will invariably have emotional resonance.
The delightful scenery varies on sunny and rainy days throughout four seasons. Light pours down from the atrium like a waterfall, creating a warm and tranquil atmosphere. In the rainy season, water gathers from walls on four sides. In traditional culture, this view symbolizes an endless stream of wealth and carries the wish for a family reunion.
During this landscape design, designers continued the auspicious connotations on this site, hoping that residents can find a sense of belongings and experience a sense of happiness. The optic-fiber water curtain surrounds the atrium as if a waterfall that pours down. Its dreamy and lively effect adds stronger natural characteristics to the overall landscape. An expansive eternal water view is created in the courtyard, which vividly reflects the gloss and flows of water. The design of “light chasing the mountains” combines traditions and innovations, aiming to present artistic work of humanities and nature through art and technology.
△“永恒之水”利用复杂的3D软体模拟出水面被风吹拂的连绵波浪，然后使用机械雕塑轮廓，再手工抛光让表面达到粼粼波光的逼真视觉效果，需要耗费大量的时间打磨成型，体现的不仅是工匠精神，也是对细节的执著与追求。The view of “Eternal Water” simulates continuous waves lifted by the wind through complex 3D software. Then an outline is sculptured through machines and polished manually to reach a realistic visual effect of shiny ripples. Polishing the modeling through much human effort reflects not only the spirit of workmanship but also persistence and pursuits of details.
The waving twigs of Chinese tallow trees are reflected in the mirror-like surface. The contrast between reality and shadows is like a conversation between space and time. Through such elegant postures, the depth of field is expanded.
Convey Endless Oriental Artistic Mood
What lies beside the view of “Light Chasing the Mountains” is an entrance leading to the second floor. Ascending these flights in an upward action route, one can experience the joy that the scenery changes with each step. The landscape design on the second floor is carried out centered on relations between space and the boundaries of nature. The stone, rockery, water, and tree are blended to create an equilibrium. Decorated by light and set off by shadows, a dreamy artistic communication zone is presented. As light and shadows flow and immerse in this space, they create a clear, divine, and transparent image.
The designed flow of enframed scenery “Remote Greenery on Green Hill” extends horizontally out of the water surface. The balcony design and directional lines intentionally guide one’s sight into natural scenery, changing the relations between humans and external scenery from remoteness to closeness. Also, it creates more possibilities for the entire space.
The water view suits the space just right. The water scene outdoors reflects the color of the sky and changes in clouds. Hence the water surface is a scene not only inside the garden but also in the space.
In the connection space on the second floor, the landscape design opens the originally enclosed space and leaves an opening on the façade. Each space extends, overlaps, and blends, forming surprising interactions with the underwater stone view in the atrium and bringing a visual impact and unexpected surprise.
The architecture lies against the rolling curve of natural mountainous terrain, blending with the mountain range and obeying the rules of nature. The landscape design artfully creates a 5m landscape waterfall, whose majestic water mist covers the original wall. Hearing the water’s bubbling and watching the tree shadow wave, it seems one has entered a world where nature and humanities coexist and a holy space with simplicity.
△跌瀑位置有较大高差，落水易受风力吹散飘落，设置钢丝网，让落水依附于钢丝网顺势而下，形成均匀细腻的跌水效果，呈现出大跌瀑的视觉冲击力的同时，也体现了精致细腻的细节处理。Given the waterfall’s height difference, falling water is likely to be blown hither and thither by the wind. Hence a stainless steel wire mesh is set, allowing the water to flow downward evenly. Not only does it present the visual impact of large waterfalls, but also it shows the meticulous processing of fine details.
Now walking, now stopping. We eventually arrive at the showroom area, waiting for future life to jump before our eyes. It is a quiet place different from the bustling city. Here the pace of time and visitors both slows down, extending to the depth of spiritual wealth.
The design of Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden’s exhibition area explores not only the concrete combination of colors, lines, and materials. Instead, it has returned to original aspirations and broken regional, humanistic, and artistic boundaries, attempting to probe into the lifestyle of mountainous residence in cities. The Kaisa Mountain View Garden project is dedicated to being a new landmark of natural residence in Zhongshan city. By creating the paradigm of mountainous residence in the bustling metropolis with originality, it is an extreme gift to residents chasing the light in the city.
Cooperation Method Featuring Interdisciplinary Integration
The most valuable feature of this project is finding unique shiny spots based on clients’ coordination and support, energetic cooperation between landscape, architecture, and interior designers including interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration. This method has energetically enhanced the final designing effect. Eventually, the landscape, architecture, and interiors of Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden are effectively blended, creating a fascinating and playful living experience in the limited space.
△项目施工过程 Project construction process
Project Name: Zhongshan Kaisa Mountain View Garden
Owner: Kaisa Group
Owner team: Kaisa Shenzhen Group
Landscape design: GND Jiedi Landscape Design
Design content: full-period landscape design of the exhibition area
Project location: Zhongshan, Guangdong
Project area: 9429 square meters
Design time: March 2020
Completion time: April 2021
Design period: 6 weeks
Chief designer: Zhong Yongcheng, Qiu Ge, Li Bing
Concept design: Luo Feng, Zhang Aizhu, Pan Xiao, Liu Yun, Yan Xingxing, Zuo Chaohui, Lai Guilong, Yang Ke, Yuan Dongyang, Gong Haoze, Chen Minfan
Garden construction design: Yang Shuguang, He Juyi, Zhang Jie, Xiao Zonglu, Yan Zongdong
Plant design: Zeng Fengling
Hydroelectric design: Zhou Peng, Hu Mingyao
Garden construction: Shenzhen Hantang Ecological Garden Engineering Co., Ltd.
Architectural concept design: Shenzhen Tianhua Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Architectural construction drawing: Guangdong Zhongshan Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Interior design: Shenzhen Pure Design Consultant Co., Ltd.-Sales Center, SASD Design (Shenzhen)-Showroom
Planning/Visual Effects: iDEER LAB
Project Photography: Riye Photography