Lakeside Garden establishes a harmonious interface between people, nature, and history. The program and design strategy have transformed the 1-hectare slope site into a dramatic spatial sequence.
Qiandao Lake, also known as Thousand Island Lake, is a freshwater lake as a result of the construction of Xin'an River Hydroelectric Dam in 1959 that flooded hundreds of villages and historical sites. It is a beautiful lake noted for its crystal clear water, ever-changing sky and verdurous mountains.
Lakeside Garden is located on a 1-hectare site between Sunshine Scenic Drive and the future planned community of 11 high-rise residential towers, with 9 meters of elevation change. The landscape design began with overall site planning, through sculpting the terrain, created a dramatic spatial sequence meandering in a forest hills setting, unfolding a picturesque lakeside journey.
Visitors start to experience the garden from Tides Plaza, a gathering space with waving form; the wind kinetic screen ‘Shining Lake’ creates a welcoming prelude. It also serves as a backdrop for informal performances.
Flowering tree grove, ornamental grasses, native plants with seasonal colors, beige aggregate concrete, dark gray slate, water cascading, slate fountain…a meandering terraced garden with juxtaposition of natural rustic and refined texture.
Silence and Light
A silent space of enclosure, surrounded by historical exhibits of “Underwater Ancient Villages” of Qiandao Lake. A skylight shines down, a hint of the upcoming infinity space. Stepping up the minimalist spiral staircase, the experience gradually unfolds to a broad open lake view, with spacious sky and mountains in distance.
As described in the Chinese classic fable of The Peach Blossom Valley, “At first it was extremely narrow, allowing for only one person to squeeze through. After walking another twenty or thirty paces, he suddenly exited onto an open clearing”.
Sky Clouds Reflection Pool
An infinity reflection pool blends with the lake and mountains beyond. Twinkle “Starry Sky” lights at pool bottom evokes a poetic image of “underwater ancient villages”, recalling a unique and sentimental history of Qiandao Lake.
A curve glass footbridge, crossing through the sound of shuffling bamboo leaves, creates a tranquil moment before arriving the Lakeside Gallery.
Shining Lake, Verdurous Mountains, and Spacious Sky
Across the Glass Bridge, standing in the Lakeside Gallery lobby, looking through the panoramic window, a breath-taking view of shining lake, verdurous mountains, and spacious sky.