Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Blending the Organic Landscape in Hangzhou, China by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
October 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
KABC’s winning scheme for an innovative office and research campus in Hangzhou, China, was selected over six international firms invited to submit designs. Our vision for the facility in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community is based upon creating a continuous multi-layered pedestrian experience. It is intended to strengthen and benefit the community, which will inhabit and move through the site. Everyday activities including parking underground, moving throughout the buildings, and working in the offices are connected to the natural environment. Workers will be engaged by exterior and interior green gardens that are interwoven into their office environment.
Indigenous plants adapted to local climatic and soil conditions have been selected as greening species, and multiple greening comprising trees and bushes have been used for all green areas. Exterior landscaping, green rooftops, and interior gardens have been placed reasonably throughout the site and buildings in order to maximize the green coverage.
The landscaping accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social. The components surrounding the buildings speak to the local vegetation around the region. Reeds, wildflowers, seasonal plants, and a series of ponds group themselves harmoniously to form the landscape and give the everyday visitor a composed walk through wild landscapes including wetlands and wild flowers. Wetlands are indigenous to the Hangzhou area and are placed into the site so that people can experience a sense of the important heritage of this region. The exterior landscape also features a series of shallow reflecting pools closer to the central plaza that reflect the sun and the clouds moving across the sky. Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of the wild throughout the region of Hangzhou, the landscape changes the rules of engagement between plant life and pedestrians.
The strategy of agri-tecture, which is by definition part agriculture, part architecture- combines the organic and building materials into a blend, digitizing the landscape surface into discrete units of paving and planting which are assembled along into a variety of gradients from 100% paving to 100% soft, richly vegetated biotopes.
The experience is marked by slowness, distraction and an other-worldliness. It provides flexibility and responsiveness to the changing needs, opportunities, and desires of the dynamic context. Our landscape proposal is designed to interact harmoniously with the buildings as well as remain perpetually changing and growing.
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