All designs must first meet the needs of function. Even in the most artistic design, the concept of "function first" should come first, and then its form.
01 项目概述 Project Overview
The site is located in a new TOD district in Zhuhai, having South China Sea at the east and Zhuhai North High-speed Railway Station to the south. FLO’s project vision is to create a seaside residential community with integrated and unique holiday experience in a small constrained site.
02 三大难点 3 Main Challenges
Challenge 1: Limited open space and restricted functional planning
Insufficient space - The site is enclosed by apartment blocks with very limited open space at only about 7500 square meters.
Challenge 2: Large firefighting surfaces restricting layout planning
Large firefighting area - The fire fighting area occupies 2522 square meters of the open space, which accounts for about 40% of the core area and greatly impacts on the layout of functions and greenspace.
Challenge 3:Requirement of accommodating a swimming pool within the landscape
Accommodating a swimming pool - The restricted site also needs to incorporate a swimming pool and other amenity functions within the landscape.
03 设计理念 Design Concept
Due to limited available open space, the design of the landscape takes on a non-conventional approach that aims to maximize integratedness and spatial juxtaposition. We are inspired by the compactness of ‘cruise liners’ and seek to achieve diversification of experiences in a centralized compact space.
‘Cruise Liner’ vs. ‘The Site’
Re-imagining of the Spatial System
04 设计解析 Landscape Design
Spatial Multiplicity: Sequences and Sightlines
The terracing design at the entry integrated and enriched the arrival experience, visually creating a sense of significance and hierarchy. At the same time, the terracing creates a natural "buffer" for the residential community from noises and pollution from the city.
Spatial Multiplicity: Programme Integration with Groundworks
核心景观区 - 漂浮无边泳池
The centerpiece of the landscape - the ‘floated infinity pool’ turns into a mirror sitting amidst the forest. The pool combined with water cascades created a getaway paradise for the residents where they can dream and indulge.
Spatial Multiplicity: Programme Integration with Blurred Boundaries
Forest activity room is comprised of an open lawn, a wood deck recreation area and a semi-outdoor reception pavilion. The space is partially sunken to create semi-privacy for undisturbed recreational opportunities. The semi-outdoor reception pavilion on the other side of the lawn provides shade during summer, and is surrounded by lush plantings to form the character of the landscape.
Longxiaohu playground is catered for children in the community. The cruise-ship themed playground is divided into active play and passive play areas for different age groups. Together with the sun lawn nearby forms an all-season childrens activity site.
The outdoor living room at the end of the core landscape zone is designed to be semi-private in a tranquil setting, enclosed by delicate hedgerows and tree plantings.
Spatial Multiplicity: Programme Integration at Peripheral Edges
The in-between spaces are equally important. We aimed to integrate and extend functions into peripheral areas to connect with ground floor’s openfloor spaces to maximize efficient use of space with strong purposes and programme connectivity. The main circulation path on top of firefighting areas are also designed to have softened edges with furnishing zones and setback lawns to dissipate the rigidness of hard edges.