The project curated by Luca Molinari Studio, opened to the public on the 28th of October in Suzhou at the Master of the Nets Garden. The curatorial project aims to create a place where best contemporary culture and the strongest tradition can dialogue.

An experimental way to promote the impressive historical heritage of Suzhou not only in China but also in the world creating something innovative, sensitive and respectful.

Three talented Chinese architects coming from the three best Chinese universities has been invited to open a new form of dialogue with the existing garden through small and temporary installations able to generate an unexpected form of visual and aesthetic dialogue.

The works of prof. Philip F. Yuan from Tongji University on Shanghai, prof. Brian Li Zhang from Tscinghua University and prof. Zhang Tong from Southeast University also represent a new generation of Chinese architects focused on new ways of creating open and meaningful dialogues between living traditions and the need of contemporary culture putting at the centre the human figure, quality of life and environment and innovation.

The three projects are the result of an act of listening and sensitive interpretation of the garden, they are respectful and, in the meantime, clearly contemporary. The main goal is to surprise the visitors offering a different point of view on a space you think immutable. The three contemporary installations are like new lenses through which a visitor can look at the garden generating a

different comprehension of its beautiful spaces.
Luca Molinari Studio is the first Italian firm invited to work inside this UNESCO heritage site - together with A-Plus Gallery, conceived a new format for a cultural experience for the historical garden of Suzhou.

“Mater of the waterless” Brian Li Zhang – TeamMinus
A waterless toilet installation. If traditional Chinese Gardens were about aesthetics of landscape in its Chinese ideals, this installation should take in the current ethics of environment and embody the global consensus. Not only pretty, but useful. It is inspired by fake mountains of traditional Chinese garden where the action of releasing usually took place and it would encourage visitors to test this new experience of releasing.

“The reflection stone” Philip F. Yuan – Archi-Union Architects
How does Chinese traditional garden represent landscape? This installation attempts to apply the contemporary digital technology to participate in the dialogue between the two Taihu stones and reconstruct a flat but phenomenal image. Through the intervention of a fabricated object, the relationship of the entire field will be redefined, and it provides a new opportunity for the visitor to experience the Net Garden.

“Cave of cloud” ZhangTong – Terra DesignLab
Garden is the spiritual home and artistic integration of Chinese literati. The side yard of Garden of the Master of Nets is named as Cave of Cloud, with a cavernous stone in front of its door. Stone is the root of the cloud, symbolizing an imperturbable mental state. Cloud, whereas, is the vast accumulation of data and information. At the end of courtyard, another Cave of Cloud is built, creating an anchoring place to gather the root of cloud and seclude the mind.

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Cite: "THE MASTER OF THE NETS GARDEN PROJECT" 04 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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