DDON: Laughter and joy, years are quiet, life should be like this!
Towns must now cease to spread like expanding ink-stains and grease-spots; once in true development, they will repeat the star-like opening of the flower, with green leaves set in alternation with its golden rays. ——Patrick Geddes《Early Urban Planning》
01 契机—从更高角度的展望，到回归设计的本真｜From looking back in a higher level to returning to the true nature of design
Compared with the urban crisis brought about by the great industrialization development in the 20th century, Chinese cities are currently in a new ‘crisis’ era, where cities are rapidly switching their mode between ‘development of land use’ and ‘protection in ecological space’. Economic construction, land use, and natural space are constrained by the ebb and flow of each other, making it extremely urgent and important to explore the urban landscape of integrated human settlements. Having gone through the three eras of ‘local China’ to ‘unit China’ and then ‘community China’, the human living environment gradually became decorative, herd, and narrow.
The goal of supporting commerce is limited to consumer attraction. Interaction and communication cannot be seen in the crowded streets of China. Besides that, memories, the street, and the city have lost their color.
What we want to do is to return to the authenticity of place design and give users a freely running ground, touchable flowers and plants, and light with warmth. Everyone could find a balance in life, get a sense of participation and belonging. We believe that the ideal community in the future is the return of humanity and nature, a paradise of free-breathing, and a tolerant and soft existence.
▼未来社区概念 The concept of future community
The construction of a future community should respect the culture of residential communities more, integrate nature and life, accommodate emotions by space, and give valuable feedback to urban space.
02 解题—从深入挖掘场地需求，到想寻找项目突破口｜From deeply digging in the demand of the site to seeking the breakthrough of the project
This project is located in Jin’an district, Lu’an, Anhui, with convenient transportation and complete supporting facilities. By analyzing the surroundings of the site, we find that even though this place is embraced by dense residential areas, there is almost no space for citizens to go out. We cannot help thinking about whether there is a need for an ‘activity center at the door of the house’ for everyone to go out and participate in public activities, since a large number of residents are confined in the community.
The cramped leisure and sports space is still a place for residents to relax at night, and the narrow area between the fence and the road can become a gathering place for residents’ square dancing. The urban space that should have served the people has become a bit cramped and chaotic due to citizens’ activities. However, looking back to the interior of the site, the planning conditions of the integrated market and the integration of commercial and residential buildings may be able to support us and we may find a solution to the site based on creating an open urban space.
▼场地周边居民生活情景 Living scenes of residents around the site
In the process of sorting out the project, three key points were explored:
First, the land area of this project reaches 258,000 square meters, including more than 60,000 square meters of commercial and 190,000 square meters of residential buildings. Besides that, it is trying to develop a ‘comprehensive community in the future’ in the orientation of a new urban center integrating commerce, parks, residence, culture, and education, as well as commercial and residential integration. All these comprehensive advantages provide favorable conditions for the later community planning.
Second, the southwest corner of the site is an intersection where people gather, which forms a favorable commercial space. The 30m wide U-shaped greenbelt adds ecological values to the project and provides powerful support to create the most ecological and artistic open urban space in Lu’an.
Third, focusing on the interior of the demonstration area, as the highest point of the site, the southwest corner of the base provides a favorable visual point, which helps create a visual convergence point. At the same time, it incorporates multiple products such as future commerce, city squares, themed blocks, and open parks into the site. All those conditions can contribute it to become an ideal community where popularity stops.
▼场地分析 Site analysis
We hope to establish an exhibition window of a community complex that combines commercial shopping, green nature, cultural immersion, and lively living, subverting the traditional priority of community privacy, focusing on integration and participation, and emphasizing colorfulness, sharing, diversity, and experience. We also hope to build future communities, deliver design value, and create a warm living environment at the level of the city.
▼普通社区与综合社区 Regular community and comprehensive community
03 回应—从场地的观众，到场所的参与者｜From the audience of the site to the participants of the site
In the design progress，we use the division of functions as the entry point and sort out the design logic according to the timeline. As the future core business district, Shopping Mall serves as a part of sales office function in the early phase, making the city’s entrance plaza extremely important in terms of visibility and drainage. The sales office will transform into the main store after the completion of the sale. Therefore, we use a more natural and elegant way to implant a petty bourgeoisie “green forest” in the commercial space of the front field, breaking the rigid and exposed characteristics of conventional business and improving the overall sense of quality. Similarly, as a changing process from commerce to the community, the children’s play area in the commercial front of the community has become a key part between the previous and the next. The rich game experience turns this into a public park, which strongly activates the site’s participation and lights up the city area. At the entrance of the community, the north side of the site, we used regular and orderly lines and a neat array of trees to bring the mood of the place back to tranquility, giving community residents an open, natural and luxurious home experience. While at the entrance of the community, the north side of the site, we used regular and orderly lines and a neat array of trees to bring the mood of the place back to tranquility, giving community residents an open, natural and luxurious home experience.
The whole design process reaches the goal of making full use of commercial openness and transforming the internal services of the community into external ones. The 50m wide green belt plays a vital role of natural value in forming a complete multifunctional space and a feeling of a sequence. In that case, the project creates a lively, dynamic, pyrotechnic social space by rationality and art by integrating urban street corners, strip parks, warm social business, and ceremonial entrance.
▼设计呈现动图 Design presentation animation
▼项目鸟瞰 Project bird’s eye view
商业展示面—人气聚合的商业都会｜Business metropolis with popularity aggregation
The city entrance plaza is the main entrance of the commercial mall in the future. We set aside a spacious plaza to give unlimited possibilities to the city’s street corners, which is a gathering place for urban social networking, a plaza for surrounding residents to rest and chat in the evening, and a popular commercial metropolis. The luminous spiritual fortress calls the citizens to participate. Through a linear sequence of paving, a lively array of lights, the gurgling water, the large stools for people to rest, and the interactive installations, the plaza attracts people a lot step by step and eventually presents a vibrant and colorful appearance of the city.
▼人气聚合的商业都会 Business metropolis with popularity aggregation
▼城市街角广场动图 City corner square animation
▼城市街角广场夜景鸟瞰 Aerial view of city corner square at night
▼流光溢彩的精神堡垒与“裸眼”3D屏展示都会魅力 The radiant spiritual fortress and the “naked eye” 3D screen displaying the charm of the city
▼超大的景观座凳是居民休闲的心仪场地 The huge landscape seat is a favorite place for residents to relax
▼灵动的水景倒映着斑驳的树影 The dappled shadows of the trees are reflected in the agile waterscape
▼俏皮阵列的路灯 Playful array of street lights
▼夜幕下的灯光互动 Lighting interaction at night
▼嬉戏蹦跶的小朋友 Playing kids
休憩与集会—绿荫环绕的商业综合体｜Commercial complex with greenery surrounded
As the main store of the former commercial space, the park-commercial complex creates a relaxing place under the forest. The combination of the diamond-shaped tree array square and the grandstand theater enriches the vertical relationship of the community’s business. The delicate mosaic paving defines a touch of greenery, and the little bear having ice cream greets friends and accompanies them under the trees of memory, becoming a memory point of the place.
▼绿茵环绕的公园商业综合体 Park commercial complex surrounded by greenery
‘I’ve been to many places and walked many roads, but I still can’t forget my childhood friends and the big tree in the yard.’
Many emotional memories come from some unique characteristics in the space, and the times created by the times should not be just Internet celebrities. We need more emotional spaces that can be forever remembered.
▼商街与绿意的碰撞 The combination of commercial streets and greenery
▼大树下的悠长时光 A long time under the big tree
▼建筑在树林的掩映下格外优雅 The building is more elegant in the shadow of the woods
▼有小熊陪伴的许多日子 Plenty of memories with little bears
▼孩童在它的目光里慢慢长大 The child growing up slowly in its eyes
▼度过花样年华 Year by year
儿童综合活动空间—多元一体沉浸式商业公园｜Multi-integrated immersive business complex
在社区商业街的前场空间，我们结合30米绿线公园打造了24小时全龄嗨玩公园。旭辉小熊IP雕塑作为主题形象立于儿童综合活动区的中心，结合多色彩的地面铺装满足孩童的艺术幻想；竹木造型包裹形成的地形成为小朋友们攀爬探险、肆意欢乐游戏的多功能场所。全龄廊里融合秋千、吊环、爬网等十余种健身设施，为雨天的户外活动撑起庇护所；街头热血半篮场地则成为COOL BOYS 的聚集PK台。最后，微笑连廊作为嗨玩公园的入口，欢迎来自四面八方的参与者。
In the front space of the community commercial street, we create a 24-hour all-age fun park with a 30-meter green line park. As a theme image, the CIFI Little Bear IP sculpture stands in the center of the children’s comprehensive activity area that is combined with multi-color ground paving to satisfy children’s artistic fantasy.
The terrain formed by the bamboo and wood shape wraps becomes a multi-function for children to climb, explore, and play freely place.
▼“play“到底，嗨翻天 Play until the end
▼热闹的游乐园 Lively amusement park
▼构成艺术的种植空间 Artistic planting area
▼手牵手，爬到山丘之上 Climbing up to the top of the hill hand in hand
▼微笑城市展厅 Exhibition of smile city
▼小朋友的天地 Children’s heaven
▼色彩绚烂的游乐场 Colorful amusement park
▼让孩子们愉快的奔跑嬉戏 Children playing happily
▼家门口的小山丘 Small hills in front of your home
▼在山丘上玩耍 Playing on the hill
▼感受大地艺术的陪伴 Feeling the accompany with ground art
▼林中欢快的爬上滑下 Sliding from the forest happily
▼山丘上互相搀扶的快乐 The joy of supporting each other on the hill
▼小山丘成为欢声笑语的聚合地 Small hills become a gathering place for laughter and laughter
▼游乐或者发呆 Play and stay
▼全龄廊 All-age landscape structure
▼几何构成感的造型 Geometric composition
▼多样化的健身方式 Multiple fitness ways
▼吊环和爬网 Rings and crawls
▼被拽住尾巴的童年 The childhood tail is caught
▼倾斜的游戏 Tilt game
▼热血球场 Hot Blood Stadium
▼球场是男孩们的快乐 Heaven for the boys
▼夜晚也是热闹的赛场 A lively stadium at night
▼商业氛围包装 Commercial environment
▼草莓味的甜筒店 Strawberry cone shop
▼温暖的灯光 Warm lights
▼被温暖治愈 Cured by the warmth
Planted on both sides of the road, the tall and beautiful trees and the plastic shrubs make the space soft and cordial. On the way back home, residents can enjoy the comfortable and natural scenery here. A neatly shaped waterscape dotted with low fountains and warm lights is in the middle of the road. From the colorful fun park to the future community lobby, the ritual sense of the way home is fascinating.
▼社区入口 Community entrance
▼倒映于水面的社区大堂 The community lobby reflected on the water
▼涌泉如星光点点 Spring is like stars
▼路过波光里的静谧 Passing by the tranquility in the waves
▼潺潺流水 Gurgling water
▼细节与品质感 Details and quality
回甘—从春夏秋冬，到日日夜夜｜From four seasons to day and night
From the initial conception and dismantling of the site to the complete interpretation of the unique language of the site, we make the site from a blank space to an open public space with extreme popularity in Lu’an City. We explore a lot during the whole progress, beginning from the urban development, combining commercial block, nature, and community, touching the audience with art, fun, color, and technology, and letting them be the participants of the space, which gives the venue vitality.
▼热闹的商业广场 Lively commercial plaza
▼台阶剧场成为傍晚邻里交流的场地 Step theatre becomes a venue for neighborhood communication in the evening
▼乐活公园成了城市片区最热闹的场地 Lively park has become the most lively venue in the city
▼来自六安旭辉的生活故事正在上演 The life story from Xuhui Lu’an is being staged
The lively and vivid scenes of daily activities are always the most beautiful scenery. Accompanied by the sunrise or dusk, people live here, play games, laugh or enjoy it comfortably.
Perhaps the most interesting scripts often happen around us, The rich emotional communication between people is the most precious and ordinary happiness in life.
▼施工小剧场 Construction theatre
The construction of the project has gone through scorching heat, 67 days and nights, with many challenges during the period. Thanks to all those who have contributed to the project. Let the cheers and laughter freeze here!
Project name: Lu’an Xuhui Center
Project location: Lu’an City, Anhui Province
Estate Owner: CIFI Group• Wangan Regional Group
Clients team: Zhou Bingyue, Mu Lina, Zou Xiang, Wang Zhigang, Lou Mengling, Xie Kai, Wu Bo, Zhou Yang, Ma Junfei, Zhang Wei, Yang Kai, Fan Shi
Project area: about 21,000 square meters
Completion time: June 2021
Landscape design: DDON
Landscape Soft Decoration Design: Shanghai Zhang Xiangming’s Landscape Soft Decoration
Commercial packaging design: Shanghai Weitu Design
Logo Design: Hefei Tiangong Logo Sign Co., Ltd.
Construction company: Shanghai Huyu Landscaping Co., Ltd.
Project Photography: Qiu Ripei
“ 项目回归场所设计的本真，满足全龄化的使用者，通过不同功能的场景互相穿插、结合, 形成一个新锐时尚的沉浸式主题商业公园。”