Z'scape - Alpine Garden: a place of comfort, solitude and peace
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Alpine Garden: a place of comfort, solitude and peace

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The design effort draws upon the site, establishing a distinct closeness with indigenous Naxi culture and alpine nature in creating a place of comfort, solitude and peace.
The inspiring use of native plants, melt snow water, local stones and ethnic textures not only creates a variety of spaces and views but also draws visitors in to explore the rich local culture. The wilderness garden has become an educational center focusing on the importance of indigenous vegetation and wildlife to the biodiversity of the Lijiang.
The artful amphitheater providing immersive and interactive space for Naxi traditional festivals and outdoor art exhibitions becomes culturally important for local community.

Within Pan-Himalaya Region, Alpine Garden is situated on hillside of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, China, at an altitude of 2560m high. The 6-hectare site sits close to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Yuhu historic village in north and Baisha historic town in east which can be overlooked from the garden.

This place used to be abandoned farmland and village,while after the regeneration,it has become an activity place for people to enjoy dancing, singing, reading, watching and gathering.

Designers worked closely with botanist and local villagers to identify existing plant species and study the feasibility. It experimentally explore the possibility of using the least natural resource to create a long lasting wilderness garden which also needs the least maintenance. The team adopted comprehensively approaches to avoid any heavy machinery to carefully preserve every indigenous tree and groundcover. Sourced within 50 km, local stones are wildly used in landscape walls, water features and paving. With uncompromising craftsmanship, local stonemasons and carpenters carried out all stone and wood related works. By using traditional technics to carve and stack, they deliberately remain all subtle texture details on every stone while the design form is contemporary and simple.

  • Preserve Cultural and Native Plants
    Naxi people always surround an evergreen tree which is called Xupai to build their homes and create their village. The team kept it as a visual focal point to create culturally sensitive landscape which blends together new and old seamlessly.
  • Preserve Local Stone and Craftsmanship
    local stonemasons and carpenters carried out all stone and wood related works with materials sourced within 50km. By using traditional technics to carve and stack, they deliberately remain all subtle texture details on every stone while the design form is contemporary and simple.
  • Resilient Wilderness Garden
    Working with botanists and local villagers, the team designed a resilient wilderness garden as an educational center focusing on the importance of biodiversity of Lijiang.
  • Amphitheater: Artful Space for Local Naxi Community
    On account of existing sunken topography and views to the snow mountain, the team artfully creates an amphitheater in the northeast part of the site. Recycled old roof beams and timbers are embed in ground as stepping stone and interweaved on the ridge to outline a circular amphitheater as an elegant piece of land art.
  • Cultural and Sustainable Water Features
    To make irrigation system sustainable, a circular water retention pool is created to function as an irrigation storage unit. Moreover, it also serves as a wildlife pond for birds and animals. It is referred to as the Eye of Alpine Garden by locals.

Inspired by modernist design and the impression of terraces in Yunnan, Z’scape establishes a contrast and fusion between wild disorder nature and artificial geometric order, Creating a hidden world experience that grows inwardly and lives outwardly. It motivates people to think about the relationship between man and nature. In the timeline of the changing seasons, we witness the process of natural restoration and touch the souls of people with the primitive power of land itself.

Credits

 Lijiang
 China
 Hylla Group
 06/2021
 60000 mq
 Confidential
 GAD
 Liangjun Zhou, Ting Zhou,Xueting Liu, Hao Yu, Liping Chen, Fang Qin, Pei Han, Chang Sun, Junxing Lv, Huiting Shi, Weiguang Hou, Hongjie Shi, Zijian Wang, Qiuyu Zhang, Jingzhi Du, Yueheng Liu, Zhenhua Yang, Jiaqi Liu, Meng Zhang, Weidong(Intern),Zilan Wang(Intern)

Curriculum

Founder of Z'scape Mr. Zhou Liangjun has rich experience in both domestic and overseas work. He has years of practical landscape design experience in London, UK. He has worked on various types of projects such as urban public open space, commercial complex, boutique hotel and resort landscape design. He provides wonderful and feasible concepts, planning and design solutions for worldwide projects and has practical works in Europe, the Middle East and China.
Firmly believing that design is of great value, Z’ scape is committed to the research and practice in the fields of landscape, art and design. We constantly pursue the modern naturalism and the aesthetics of landscape, explore local characteristics and design elements in every project, and emphasize the relationship between human beings, culture and nature. We are dedicated to creating artistic, cultural and sustainable landscape space which will allow people to experience the vitality of the landscape and immerse themselves in it

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