Daxing Park Phase I

Beijing, China

How does one interpret traditional Zen and Chinese garden elements in the landscape today? The Daxing Park Phase I attempts to create a park space that reinvigorates the cultural tradition of gardens in Asia.

The design utilizes a language of circles to settle the plan elements. A hardscape zone of black and white granite cobbles connects the mass of the architecture with a circular corner plaza of equal visual weight. Twenty-seven large granite boulders paired with Sabina chinensis define the edge of the circular plaza. The boulders also mask a temporary parking requirement by acting as curbstones.

Visually the composition of concentric radiations of the hardscape zone forge a strong connection with the compositions of the Zen rock gardens. At the same time they create powerful centers and gathering spaces. The center of the parking plaza again reinforces the Zen tradition: an asymmetrical composition featuring a sculptural Pinus tabulaeformis, regular stripes of Buxus, and two large low boulders. Elsewhere, moving towards the architecture one encounters a 7.6 ton fengshui Ball. The granite waterball glides silently on a thin film of water, a supersized reinterpretation of a kitsch Chinese garden element.

The softscape portion of the project interprets the circular plan elements as landforms. A slender side path to the architecture splits a great mounded landform with astonishing visual force. The exposed sides of the sliced mounds are detailed in an arching brick pattern, suggesting the mounds ruptured from the earth prior to the slice. A lurid field of Salvia farinacea unifies the sliced halves of the mound into a whole. Beneath the cantilever of the architecture the landscape defers, inverting the mound with a multitrunk Quercus mongolica at the center. A scattering of 19 white marble cubes populate the underside of the architecture, luring visitors to the seating within the softscape zone.

The Daxing Park site is located on a primary subway line directly between the center of Beijing and the new seven-runway Daxing Aiport. Planned carefully by the local government as a central park, the 800m long green space is developed in a public/private partnership. Underground parking structures, subway links, bus hubs, and retail are planned to allow the park space to function as a green transport hub. The project is innovative for its positioning of the retail directly on the park, assuming today’s shoppers and diners want more than just a visit to the mall and are looking for an all-day experience which may include the nature and culture of a Chinese park.







大兴公园所在的场地位于北京市中心和大兴新机场之间的主要地铁线上。最早被当地政府规划为一个中央公园, 800米长的绿色空间开发成为一个公共/私密空间相结合的区域。在地下空间设有停车场、地铁的连接、公交枢纽及商业,使公园形成一个绿色的交通枢纽。该项目是商业定位结合公园的一个创新,可以想象一下,如今的购物者及食客不仅仅可以逛逛购物中心,而更能增加对自然风光及中国公园文化的全天候体验。

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