LocationHangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Construction unitHangzhou Anjing Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Text description provided by the architects. Liuxiang Garden Life Experience Pavilion is like a place in the cartoon book of Miyazaki Hayao. Taking the path of “cuteness”, gad uses a building shaped as a candy to create the experience space which is filled with child interest and makes people relaxed and comfortable as well.
Located in the intersection of Fengqi Road and Tanggongju Road in Jianggan District, Hangzhou City and covering an area of 1,200 square meters, the project aims to create a young and vigorous life experience pavilion. For the whole design, designers break through traditional thinking and apply a brand-new concept of spatial layout to connect all the different functional places and define space in the meantime.
In the initial period of conceptual design, the building defines a semi-enclosed courtyard with a simple U-shaped wedged place. Through unit spatial organization and modeling of the roof, the shape creates a unique architectural “community”. Rich architectural forms enable people to wander in a mini-town seemingly and create relaxing and pleasant atmosphere of the place.
Walking into “the candy jar”, people'll find themselves in The Wizard of Oz. To build such a green dreamland, gad has invited IAD for interior design and Mr. Ling Zongyong, a master of floriculture for flower design. Through combination forms such as potted plants, green walls, suspension-type plants, plants as screen and swing of floriculture, plants enhance people’s visual experience in the scene like witty skits, and further pursue perfection in terms of details. Besides, the large “capsules” which serve as the sand table, the reception area, the rest area and the negotiation area etc. grow in The Wizard of Oz and add child interest of innocence and cuteness to the whole experience pavilion.
The natural transition of the indoor functional space and the outdoor courtyard space is one of the features of the project. The interface of enclosed courtyard space adopts large-area glass curtain walls to blur the boundaries and completely expand people’s indoor vision. Therefore, everyone entering the life experience pavilion can see the interior courtyard of exquisite design and elegant taste at first glance. Besides, it achieves expansion and permeation, and creates rich spatial effects in a restricted land parcel.
The modern line language goes through the whole design. In the same language, architects take different measures to allocate materials in a fine and smooth way and further give play to material properties. The general exterior facade of the building makes a contrast of white paint and glass, and strengthens pureness of the architectural volume, which is concise but not simple. The design of windows and openings combines warm-toned wooden grating and window frame while the refined details show that the building is fine, smooth and amiable.
Design of the sizes of windows and openings shows ingenuity. Sunlight casts rich shadows in the room as time goes by and makes the space full of changes. The location of windows and openings also combines the use of the indoor function. The windowsill is relatively low so that people can get close to beautiful scenery in the courtyard when they sit down.
To create the young and vigorous space, gad has taken a challenge and carried out detailed design and control of architectural proportion, shape relations and facade materials. Designers adopt various kinds of spatial combination modes to create rich experience of the place; the concise and modern architectural facade image is combined to create pureness and affinity of the building. In the design, gad breaks through the traditional design technique, redefines the sales office, and makes efforts in creating spatial characteristics of the building: elegance and innocence, pureness and delicacy.