The project is in the front area of the entrance of Luxe Island, which is located in Luxelakes Eco-city, Tianfu New District, Chengdu. It covers an area of 33,000 square meters, and the maximum height difference of the site is 11 meters. As an experimental outpost for commercial plots on both sides of Tianfu Avenue in the future, it’s presented as a new type of concentrated shopping business. As it is a temporary construction project, it is also an attempt at low-cost design and implementation.
The site is located in a shallow hilly area on the south side of the Chengdu Plain, near Tianfu Avenue to the west. According to the overall planning and construction cycle plan of Luxelakes Eco-City, the site belongs to the temporary construction area. Therefore, at the beginning of the design and planning, we are based on respecting the terrain and preserving the original natural attributes of the site as the starting point of the design. After the initial site survey, We found that in the early construction of the lake system, a large number of piled areas dominated by soft backfill soil mixed with large natural rock masses changed the original site topography. This makes it necessary to comprehensively consider various factors when the design is faced with a series of problems.
▼2017年初勘现场鸟瞰，Site aerial view in 2017 ©昱道景观
▼2021年现场鸟瞰，Site aerial view in 2021 ©昱道景观
At the beginning of the project, the owner’s R&D team had already had a preliminary positioning and plan for the project, and proposed the concept of a gourmet village.Trying to simulate a combination of natural villages in this site, by using the terrain height difference to form an interesting business space with multiple interfaces, and then arranging multiple paths in the vertical and horizontal directions to link the space. Finally, it presents a commercial experience space in a natural growth state.
▼设计策略，Design strategy ©昱道景观
We finally decided to use a large-scale approach to deal with the huge height difference link problem of the central axis, and it took about half a year for the discussion and argumentation. At the same time, it meets the convenience needs of concentrated people’s circulation, and it also avoids the risk of other civil construction projects in the large backfill area. With the deepening of the design and the gradual clarity of operational requirements, and the drive for low-cost design exploration, several rounds of program discussions and trials in the process are also an extreme experience in the process of this project.
▼过程推敲，Design program ©昱道景观
According to the elevation of the site, it is divided into three-level elevation areas for spatial layout, and they are connected in the vertical space, hoping to form a fun-filled tourist experience destination. In the process, the landscape and the building coordinated to explore each other and exchange the possibilities of the site in the process.
▼滨湖区鸟瞰，Aerial view of the lakeside ©河狸景观
The owner team and we believe that the design tenet is based on the principles of supporting operational needs, coordinating low-cost strategies, and creating a relaxed and pleasant stroll. After several times of exploring and trying the possibility, we chose to use large steps to connect the high backfill area. The precast concrete bricks and grass flower belts on both sides present a relaxed and sequential way of passage, and at the same time greatly reduce the adjustment risk of local settlement in the future. Combined with the reserved areas for commercial advertisements and installations on both sides and the arbor screen, a passing corridor space is formed.
The application of perennial grass and flowers in and around the visitor center of the front area makes different viewing effects appear in the changing of the seasons
▼中轴大台阶入口区，Entrance area of the large tread steps on the central axis ©河狸景观
▼俯瞰中轴表演台，Overlooking the central stage ©昱道景观
▼中轴大台阶，The grand stairs ©河狸景观
The waterfront area is composed of the business space of waterfront shops and the leisure public area. As the waterfront end of the major axis, we will recess the original waterfront to show more waterfront space to visitors. And the partial concave area is presented in the form of outward stalls or shallow water interaction according to the seasons.
▼俯瞰滨水区，Aerial view of the lakeside ©昱道景观
▼临水休闲区，Seating area embracing the lake © 河狸景观
The tea break business area is arranged next to the water, with fine water ripples, glowing halo, and relaxing background music, allowing tourists to stay on this floating island and forget the usual busy troubles. Interspersed arrangement along the degraded terraces, forming a different atmosphere of the outside business area. Tourists are here either in groups of three or five, or whispering in pairs. The most secluded alley is planned to be a lively Japanese-style street by the side of the main store, with noodle shops and small stalls crossing, which is so lively.
▼茶歇经营区，Tea break area ©河狸景观
▼跌水装置，Water cascading installation ©河狸景观
▼细部，Detailed view ©河狸景观
The half-side street located in the middle part of the street uses a through ramp to create an interesting scene where the indoor business space is expanded and horizontally linked, while taking into account the fire passages in the scenic area. Visitors in this area shuttle through the huge roofs of the shop and the passage between the water gazebo, lingering forever.
▼半边横街鸟瞰，Aerial view © 昱道景观
▼交织暮色和天光 层级的商业氛围渐入佳境 ©昱道景观
As night falls, the business atmosphere becomes stronger
▼日暮，夜场才开始，The nightlife begins ©河狸景观
后记 | Postscript
▼鸟瞰，Aerial view ©河狸景观
▼空间关系，Spatial relationship ©昱道景观
设计方：景观：昱道景观 & 创合园林
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018-2021
主创及设计团队：龙昱杉，赵鑫源，羊彦，彭雪，任文，张艺富，刘霁瑶，朱雨橦，冯裕雯，葛米娜 技术支持；毛艺霖 姜帅
建筑：HC+2 Studio 周永刚
项目管理：万华研发中心 罗希 李国勤
材料：龟纹石砌体 水洗米石 石英砂地坪 水泥压印 预制混凝土砖