Asa convergence of three rivers, Qu River has a unique natural ecological environment, which gives us a special inspiration for the landscape design. The river wind and the wide and open view felt when first arriving at the scene shock the souls long living in cities easily. This kind of initial and original site experience also gives us enlightenment and inspiration for the design, and we retain this shocking feeling in the future design.
View over 100 meters .
Overlooking the city after entering the project site, one can see from near to far the riverside road, the riverside park, river views, and the city skyline in thedistance. From the perspective of the outdoor floor of the project, the riverside road and the riverside park account for nearly one third of the view,with limited view area of waterscape, which is a pity for a site of 270° riverview. Therefore, how to maximize the innate advantage of the site has becomethe focus repeatedly discussed at the beginning of the design.
The project entrance faces the estuary, which is both the gateway but also the bestviewing spot. We abandon all decorative elements from the design source,intersperse with general blocks, lines and faces, and add some designer’s “Ingenuity”: inorder to extend the impression of water surface, we put the water mirror in theair, whichis the water source of the first floor waterfall, andalso the boundless water mirror of the viewing balcony on the second floor. This design visually connects the balcony at the feet with theriver view in the distance, and the overlap of different elements near and farcreates the illusion that the water surface stretches from your side to faraway. It places the seemingly casual combination into a big picture, displaying a kind of comfortable restrained beauty with the change of wind direction,light and shadow, and the time.
Entrance Construction Process
The site entrance is not deep, so we adopt an unconventional means of entry, instead of going straight through the first image display but following the designed lines to enter into it from the side.
Walking upward from the outside to the inside, thereare 5m water curtain, sculpture, water shadow aperture, and light and shadow corridor. The arrangement of virtuality transiting to reality lets a person’sheart transit from the natural environment to the tranquil water courtyard with a strong sense ofinner enclosure.
Thesound of water gradually becomes smaller and smaller once inside. The curvedline close to the building is the highly refined design of the minimalist lines of the whole design, and it is also a metaphor for the unique temperament of theestuary.
At present, most of the demonstration areas in China are built with the idea of being a “Display”, often paying much attention to the aesthetic feeling observed from various angles.This project jumps out of thatconcept, focusing on the perspective from the inside out, and blurring the boundary and relationship between the near and far views. For example, the suspended water mirror on the second floor breaks the boundary between the skyand the water on the ground, and also breaks the boundary between the water mirrorand the river view when looked from a distance.
After passing the second floor of the art center,one comes to the end of the estuary balcony, a quiet but surprising place, withcomfortable seats. Ripples of the water within reach and water lines of thedistant river combine into one, mirroring the reflection of the city.
Any good design idea is not unidirectional.In the whole design process of the two-layer space, we have always grasped the core of coherence and fluency, and every detail of the design, whether viewed from the ground or from the sky, has its significance and value. We make a circular opening at thetop of the entrance, above the glass of which is the water on the second floor.During the daytime, it plays a little joke about light, shadow and water wave with pedestrians walking below, while at night, it is a slightly mysterious halo underwater looked from the estuary balcony. Lots of interesting details like this exist in every corner of the design, replacing superficial decorations,and creating an interactive and warm space.
The water garden is behind the estuary art museum, which is the main living area inthe future. At the beginning of the project, we temporarily abandoned the model property of this space, and returned to its own functional needs and site features,so as to put it in a structured but less stressful state of relaxation. The interpenetration of large geometric blocks is combined with walkways in aform of dislocation array, creating a beauty of order matching the overall temperament of the project. Besides, it is also a simplification of visual symbols and a kind of deconstructive expression that alleviates the aesthetic burden caused by overcomplicated decoration.
In the design of the estuary art museum, we want people to experience his relationship with nature in a way that is diverse and changes over time, just like the dialogue between two people. The whole space is also a vision and interpretation of the future waterfront life scene. The completion of this project is the result of the cooperation and efforts of many people, and we hereby express our sincere gratitude.
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