The development is located in the Daming Palace District of North Xi’an City, which is near to the Second Ring Road, enjoying strong business and residential atmosphere. Planned as the future “Central Park” of Xi’an, this district is highly recognized as another high-end residential area after Qujiang New District.
The scope of this design is the overall display area, as well as the permanent core landscape garden. In order to allow customers to experience a completely real future scene experience, as a pre-built area to be displayed to customers, the design principles includes reflecting the logic of the whole residence and seamlessly connecting with the future and the scalability of the surrounding building entrance.
Following the style of the built demonstration area, the central landscape axis of the development is designed with some natural, warm and artistic elements to create an integrated, multifunctional and diverse livable community. A destylized “forest park” for sojourn thus comes into being.
The landscape axis is wrapped by tall buildings, which not only serves as the “green lung” of the community but also greatly upgrades the surrounding environment. The green belt along the central landscape axis connects the whole community and penetrates into the gardens between buildings in a natural way.
More green spaces are supposed to be created for the community. As a result, the landscape design is integrated with multiple functions, creating various natural spaces for a comfortable living experience. Natural elements such as “cloud, forest, water and sunlight” are employed to build a “forest park”, which makes up for the lack of public green resources in the surrounding area.
Paradise in the Clouds
A 113 meters long plank road runs through the woods, creating a paradise in the clouds. The height differences provide more possibilities for activities and bring fun and vitality to the space at the same time.
Being an important link of the central landscape axis, it connects the colorful children’s playground and the entertaining forest theatre, and then leads to the Tea Pavilion not far away.
With respect for nature, we combine the beauty of architecture with humanistic care, creating a “living room” along the central landscape axis, which is an ideal place for neighbors’ communication.
Nestled by the trestle, the white tea pavilion looks like a white dove perching freely in the woods, whose spiral stair dialogues with that of the Paradise in the Clouds. A waterfall trickles down one side of the pavilion, from which a cloud of fine spray comes up.
On the open central lawn, the linear hedge and the well-designed pavement bring a sense of sequence, which create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere together with the rattan chairs.
And the eye-catching sculptures enhance the artistic atmosphere of the whole space, thus shaping a gallery-like exhibition space.
It is beyond description when you are strolling along the quiet tree-lined path and chatting with family or friends while bathed in the sunshine. The Future Chapter is not only a shelter from the wind and rain, but also a balm to the soul.
Sojourn in the Forest Park
We hope people will find Future Chapter is a natural and destylized "Forest Park" that is full of fun. It is a warm place for you to share your interesting stories and annoyances after a busy day at work. Not only does it allow us to enjoy the warmth and fun of life but it also reminds us to think about the relationship between man, community and nature.
Project: Zhongnan Future Chapter
Client: Zhongnan Group
Landscape Design: Rand Design Associates
Location: Xi’an, Shannxi
Time of Design: February-June, 2020
Time of Completion: October, 2020
Demonstration Area: 8800m²
Photos by: ARCH QW PHOTOGRAHY- Ripei Qiu