Moderate, tranquil and solemn, Central Avenue is ideally located by Liuxi River and opposite the oldest private library “Ningbo Tianyi Pavilion”, which has amassed a collection of rare books and recorded the history and culture of the city. It was a spiritual sustenance and comfort for ancient people.
Tianyi Pavilion Spatial Analysis
The East Garden was once a well-known private garden in ancient Ningbo City. Situated in the east of Tianyi Pavilion, it was redesigned by Mr. Chen Congzhou as its backyard, which is enclosed by corridors and decorated by luxuriant camphor trees, clear ponds and artificial hills.
Our design idea comes from Mr. Chen’s praise for the East Garden: gleaming ripples cut the round lake’s surface, over which the hall, the pavilion, the hills and the trees cast their shadows, presenting a harmonious combination of the void and the solid.
The landscape entrance integrates with the architecture, while the elegant facade dialogues with the shadows of the camphor trees, which complement each other. Meanwhile, the enclosed structure and the elegant style contribute to a unique ceremonial and academic-style entrance space.
Shadow of the Pavilion
Landscapes and spaces are organized along the shadowy corridor; seen from the champagne stainless steel grating, the central yard is partly hidden and partly visible. “Small as the garden is, the beauty is everywhere.”
Metal grating, tree shadows, water ripples, ponds and hills add some poetry and romance to the whole space.
The garden is designed in traditional enclosed style, within the limited space of which, the designer employed landscape walls, waterscapes, floating island, stones, etc. to define different yards and landscape scenes.
Oriental zen combines with abstract lines, together with the irregular-edged walking path, showing the penetration between tradition and modernity and creating a cultural atmosphere within the small space.
Dark gray wall serves as the background, against which the shadows of the trees sway along with the breeze, showing the vitality of the Chinese tallow trees. Quiet light and shadows as well as the poetic yard further enhance the graceful and academic aura of the space.
The walking path is dotted with landscape lamps in the form of antique lanterns, bringing out the tranquility of the whole space.
Central Avenue is aimed at creating an academic-style and picturesque environment, which well interprets the spirit of place in oriental style and the understanding of traditional aesthetics. It allows people to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city and slow down to enjoy the warmth and comfort of home.
Project: Central Avenue
Developer: CR LAND
Landscape Design: Rand Design Associates
Location: Ningbo, Zhejiang
Time of Design: October, 2019 ~ April, 2020
Time of Completion: October, 2020
Demonstration Area: 3,200 m²
Photos by: Architecture Square Image