Courtyard of Suzhou Stream Villa, China by Change Studio

Sense the nature in living environment

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The Chinese garden art of Suzhou is a demonstration of ancient wisdom and philosophy. We have been understanding and exploring the spirit and techniques of ancient Chinese garden through designing and execution. The freshness, grace, and leisure found in the natural elements of Chinese gardens are timelessly innocent. We believe designs expressions incorporating Chinese gardens should focus on the spirit rather than the skin. Furthermore studying on modern lifestyle and spatial experience triumph cloning traditional garden building.

▼水院一览,overall view of the water garden


Stream Villa is located in Suzhou’s Gusu District. It’s less than one kilometer from the famed Liu Garden. Just under ten thousand square meters, the area is surrounded by towering trees and filled with history and living atmosphere. The courtyard consists of entrance, carpark, upper and lower water compound, and inner compound. The courtyard will be the future community centre and open to the public. It will also serve as the entrance to the residential area.

▼建筑鸟瞰,周边树木环绕,aerial view of the building surrounded by trees



Ancient poetries written in Chinese gardens usually convey people’s desire to follow nature, sense the feeling and value of nature, beyond simply describing enjoyment of life. Similarly when designing the courtyard we considered the unique regional history and culture, infusing the idea of nature in the experience and thinking of eastern artistic conception. Within the limited land area, structures, interior and landscape achieved harmonious complement.

▼掩映在绿意中的大门,gate behind greenery

▼质朴的大门,打开一片自然的绿意,open the unadorned gate to see the green

▼光与影的长廊,corridor of light and shadow


Empty woods


Empty woods is the first water yard after coming through the entrance. The tranquil water surface adds radiance and beauty of the structures and three walls of corridors. The water mirrors the woods behind the structures, the cold stonewall, as well as the sky. The space of the yard seems inward and empty on purpose, but it is fully loaded with reflection of everything. It separated the project from the rumble of the street outside, presenting an image of serenity and leisure.

▼水庭院一层,water garden on the ground floor

▼水镜满载着建筑、树林、山石墙和天空Water mirrors structure, trees, stonewall, and the sky

▼连廊中的人在水面形成倒影,human figure mirrored in water

▼连接上下层庭院的山石墙和漂浮的台阶,seemingly floating staircase connects upper and lower courtyards by the stonewall

▼水庭院二层,water garden on the second floor

▼二层水庭院一侧的休息空间,圆形开洞落下天光,rest area on one side of the water garden on the second floor

▼宁静的空间,space with tranquil feeling




Passing through the revolving wooden door from the water yard comes the tree yard. Contrasting the minimalism of the water yard, the tree yard holds fresh natural atmosphere, with slender plants, ups and downs of terrain, rich and delicate ground flora, as well as theme set by full-bodied stone wall. The tree yard forms part of the living space, where residents are able to conduct all sorts of activities as they feel like. We emphasise on the experience of spatial ambient, rather than point to point pure visual stimulation. Under the shadow of the tree, greenery of the nature signifies the start of living.

▼树的庭院,树荫下的自然之趣,tree yard, delight in the shade of trees

▼转角的天光,natural ceiling lighting

▼室内空间,小树的柔美对比厚重的石墙,interior space, slender tree against full-bodied stone wall

▼从室内看向庭院,view to the courtyard from interior

▼连接上下层空间的室内楼梯,indoor staircase

▼夜景,night view

▼总平面图,site plan


Location: Gusu District, Suzhou city
Area: 0.8 ha
Completion: 2019
Developer: Yincheng Real Estate, Ping An Real Estate
Building Design: Gee Architectural Design CO., LTD
Landscape Design: Change Studio
Interior Design: Dome & Associates
Lighting Design: RDI
Landscape contractor: Bargreen Landscape Engineering
Landscape Photographer: Wang Ning
Architecture Photographer: He Zhenhuan

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