The design of estate demonstration area is always the forefront for landscape designers to explore the styles. From the ever prosperous European classical garden, the densely vegetated tropical landscape, to exquisitely decorated Chinese style courtyard, for these years, we have seen a lot of aesthetic samples. Designers design to meet the requirements of the market with more and more “luxury” and “burdens”. At this time, shall we do the “subtraction”?
▼庭院大门，entrance to the courtyard
At the plot of Xu village in Linping Hangzhou, Vanke Group named its new housing “Laurel Oriental”. It is a poetic name, letting people easily associate it with various elements of the traditional Chinese style courtyards. In fact, under the influence of Hangzhou, we can’t design without the topic of the Jiangnan traditional culture.If it comes to Chinese style new housing, the Taohuayuan of Greentown, the courtyard series of Tahoe, the fifth village of Vanke all have the advantages of high-end products, under the different geography and climate conditions. These most typical and mature modern Chinese style works have influenced an age. However, the designers of Antao would never content with that. When we go into the landscape courtyard of Laurel Oriental, we can find a new possibility at the first moment.
▼桂语东方的入口庭院，the first courtyard of Laurel Oriental
What is most worth studying in the landscape design of the Laurel Oriental is to use the highly abstract minimalist modernism, which can still fully shows diverse reveries about Jiangnan life. When it comes to Jiangnan, we will think of clusters of green and straight bamboos. The breeze gently moved through the newly sprouted tea leaves. The moist mud after the rain gives forth the fragrance. They bring people the enjoyment of greenness, freshness, coolness and peace. Just like the extraction technology of tea leaves, the design language of Laurel Oriental is simplified to the extreme. All the decorations are almost extracted. In such minimalism, designers begin to make use of culture image of Hangzhou West Lake into three levels. Being quite different from Japanese style minimalism, which has drying landscape, this courtyard still has a vibrant flavor of life.
▼生机勃勃的气息与枯山水化的日式简约有了本质的区别，the courtyard has a vibrant flavor of life, which is quite different from Japanese style minimalism
From the view of visiting experience, Laurel Oriental breaks the conventional Chinese style, which has the winding streets and the deep courtyards. Laurel Oriental presents the visitors the most beautiful courtyards directly. After walking through 100 metres straight bamboo path from the city streets, and turning around two corners, the visitors will have peaceful hearts when they find the open doors and the simple courtyards. In the courtyard, the still water is surrounded with the black fine sand. A Chinese Hackberry is planted solely on the white rocks. The ideas are from the Chinese landscape paintings. They make people have a lot of reveries in such landscape.
▼桂语东方开门见山地将最美的庭院呈现给宾客，Laurel Oriental presents the visitors the most beautiful courtyards directly
Then in the second yard, the most famous scenic spot of the West Lake, Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, is depicted on the still water surface abstractly. The structure of three mountains is minimalist but shows the efforts of designers. The steps built tier upon tier are just like the mountains scattered high and low. High trees and luxuriant flowers and grasses are planted on the top, symbolizing the vitality of the West Lake.
▼第二进院落，the second courtyard
▼“三潭印月”被抽象地刻画在水面之上，the most famous scenic spot of the West Lake, Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, is depicted on the still water surface abstractly
The third experience is from the Longjing square garden in the deep yard. Longjing tea of the West Lake is the most important thing in Hangzhou, Jiangnan. It is not only about the taste, but also about the vision. The designers of Antao move a small tea garden from Meijiawu and plant dozens of Longjing tea trees in it. The trees are laid in the minimalist and geometric form of square. It quietly shows the natural landscape that Meijiawu has ten miles tea aroma. The bright and green trees, surrounded by the clear water, have a kind of spiritual association with the West Lake, which is tens of kilometres away.
▼龙井方园，the Longjing square garden
When these three levels have been achieved, they couldn’t be added more things. In the pure and geometric form, white walls, grey tiles, black sand and bright greenness, these four elements make up the whole space of this yard. Can we get rid of the fetters in the life, get the mood of living in Jiangnan in seclusion and relieve boredoms by applying such minimalist design? We wait for time to verify all of this.
▼院落鸟瞰，aerial view of the courtyard
▼极致收敛的细节，a shot of the minimalist design
设计/竣工：2018 / 2018
Project name: Laurel Oriental, Vanke
Location: 200 metres north of the interaction of Haining Renmin Road and Jingde Road
Landscape scale: 11338m2
Design/ Finish: 2018/2018
Project proponent: Haining Wanye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Landscape design: Wei Zhu, Liming Zheng ,Jingming Dai, Shiyi Shen, Ming Zhang,Linxi Meng,Xueyin Pan, Yuan Zhong,Zhengyi Sheng
Photo credit: Xiao Wang