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Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

  • 03:00 - 5 April, 2015
Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN
Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition  / HHD_FUN, © DuoCai Photograph
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From the architect. Working on similar design principles as the Heavenly Water Service Center, the Earthly Pond Service Center made according design responses to the aforementioned three elements of architecture, environment and human:

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Reasonable use of differences in natural gradient – The sunken courtyard of the Earthly Pond Service Center is adjoined to the lake wetland.  The architecture and landscape heights are set following the natural grade levels, providing multiple accessibilities and viewing experiences at different elevations.  The main architecture spaces are lower than the surrounding street levels, facing the central sunken courtyard, thereby accommodating the visitors while affording view of preeminent water landscape.


Preservation of the extant landform, landscape and vegetation to the greatest extent - All of the hundreds of trees in the Earthly Pond Service Center area were preserved in their entirety; a rooftop platform and green space were also created, which promoted building efficiency and helped integrated the architecture into the landscape.

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Multi-trail system – The Earthly Pond Service Center applied a 3-dimensional diamond shaped grid system in the design.   The grid carried out self-adaptive adjustment according to the variations in landform and functional needs, and achieved the eventual design of the overall architecture and landscape under the pretext of constant adjustment parameters.  During the adjustment process, the adaptation of the landform and longitudinal adjustment of elevations are very important, such that created a series of sequential spatial systems at various heights consisting of the rooftop platform, observatory deck, plaza spaces, etc., which are formed following the extant landform morphology; the step system formed following the diamond shaped grid system became the transformational element interring these series of spaces.  The architecture is then seen as a variant of a parametric control of a certain level, integrated into the geometric system, delivering a cohesive spatial system of architecture and its environment.

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© Zhenfei Wang
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Евгений Яровой · December 05, 2015

wow, good

Chen Jia · April 08, 2015

I am so happy I have got the interview of HHD_FUN. I hope that I could get offer from them

Manuel Rodríguez · October 19, 2015 08:31 AM

Still waiting for you ;) 你还没来了,是吗?

indifferenceigloo · April 07, 2015

China really makes interesting things, this place is so cool, it may be a bit of a folly, but so what. How fun to make the world look different from how it naturally is. I'm surprised by alot of negative comments on architecture blogs, it almost seems there is some type of anti-construction stance in general from the commenters. Are the commenters genuinely interested in architecture and design? If so, ask yourself what could you make?

Welch.Wei · April 21, 2015 03:02 AM

Agree with you .
we need these kind of projects to tell us what we really want in the future.

Oliver · April 06, 2015

This definitely looks cool in the plan file but do we really need such symbols of self-fulfilment? This is getting pretty ridiculous, especially if you compare that structure with its environment.

John Delaney · April 06, 2015 04:28 PM

The question is absolutely legitimate. The architects' agenda was clearly form-driven and even though they built around the trees, there is no mention of the actual function of this structure. Does it even have a purpose other than to exist? It is in no way cowardly (quite the opposite, in fact) to suggest that maybe, sometimes, it's better to just leave things alone.

Steve · April 06, 2015 02:52 PM

lots of coward architects may also think like that. Actually the space in the landscape is really spacial when I was there and the it connects to the environment ecologically. Very well done project.

Eric · April 05, 2015

So... we're replacing real living land forms with concrete land forms to look like natural land forms? That looks like A LOT of concrete. Why is this a good idea?

jasoneorl · April 23, 2015 06:44 AM


fedd · April 05, 2015 10:10 PM


Lizard · April 05, 2015

Though am not fan of these forms but i like compostion from top , on human level looks ordinary


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