Zhouzhuang, which is an ancient town, is famous for its water network. The town is surrounded by water and major transportations in the town depend on boats. The town’s relationship with water has bred some exquisitely beautiful scenery, such as a little bridge above flowing water, house with black tiles, etc. Nowadays, the historical feature of Zhouzhuang has become a new opportunity for the region’s development. A series of ecotourism projects are booming. Among the projects, the first five-star Pullman Hotel of Moon River Zhouzhuang is built. The landscape design of the hotel is an extension of the surrounding wetland and the historical structure of Zhouzhuang. Combining modern design style and traditional Jiangnan culture, designers use an abstract way to create a Chinese style space, which demonstrates the enduring feature of Chinese water town.
▼场地鸟瞰图，aerial view of the site
▼酒店概览，overview of Pullman Hotel
湿地绿林中的水乡意境 | A water town in wetland
An area of wetland lies in the water surrounding the Hotel, which is formed by several islands with dense vegetation. Those islands are the base of emerged plant, floating-leaved macrophyte, benthonic animal, submerged plant, aquatic animal, etc. They function as a natural isolation belt and filter between the artificial lake and Jishui River, which help to improve the water quality. Meanwhile, the wetland is also a public ecological open space for the city. The Green Kids Garden lying at the eastside of the hotel is a place for children. The garden functions as an outdoor classroom, providing labyrinth exploration, farmland harvest, flower field sightseeing, animal adoption, plant handcraft, camping, etc.
▼绿乐园鸟瞰, bird eye’s view of the Green Kids Garden
入口的叙事空间营造 | The design of the narrative space at the entrance
Driving from the entrance, visitors are welcomed by groups of bamboo planted by the side of the road. The bamboo functions to enhance a feeling of spatial ritual at the entrance, rising visitors’ expectation for the scenery in the distance. At the drop-off area of the hotel, the space becomes extensive in a sudden. There is a pool of water lying in the center of the space, which is dedicatedly decorated by the designed light system. The surface of the water is glinting under the light. A moon gate stands at a distance with a landscape stone setting in. The blue sky sends people endless imagination.
▼酒店前院，the front yard of the hotel
“别有洞天”的落客区水景 | The design under the drop-off area
Under the drop-off area, there is an open floor space. The light shines into the space through a large piece of glass, which is the bottom of the pool of water at the drop-off area. A crystal black-awning boat sculpture is bathed in the glow. Taking a closer look, it can be found out that the black-awning boat sculpture is composed by several crystal sprays. The light in the space includes the light from the upper glass and the landscape lamps. Meanwhile, the reflection of the water has enhanced the brilliant scene.
▼落客区水景，the drop-off area
▼光线从顶部玻璃天井倾泻而下，the sun shines into the space through a large skylight
Rambling to the southeast side of the space, visitors could reach the artificial lake surrounding the hotel. It is a spot where the lake connects the inside landscape space. At the spot, there are several strip shaped stones lying in the water. As wind goes by, the strip shaped stones look like several boats sailing in water.
▼水巷行舟，sailing boats in water alley
于楼宇间再建一条“水巷” | Recreate a “water alley” among the buildings
Walking along the pool towards southeast, visitors shall reach a “water alley” space on the axis. The buildings on two sides of the “water alley” have strengthened the feeling of “alley”. Different levels of pools are arranged together. Each pool reflects its unique image. All the reflecting images overlay together to create a splendid scene. With each different step, a new view unfolds. Walking in the “water alley”, there are stepping stone for visitors to walk on. The stone steps are setting on the lawn. While wind blows by, the smell of the grass makes the moment more enjoyable. There is also a small bridge to guide the way. The bridge is derived of traditional style, which looks like a moon reflecting on water.
▼中心景观轴线上的微缩“水巷”空间， the “water alley” space on the axis
▼简约现代的石板置列于开阔绿地之上，the stone steps are setting on the lawn
▼独具江南情怀的石板桥，the bridge is derived of traditional style
At a silent place beside the water, several stone mountains are setting on the white sand. It is an abstract way to create a sense of mountain and water. Under the sunlight, the white sand seems to be more delicate, which is an enjoyable place to stay. Wandering in the space, unique scenery changes while walking. Visitors may walk by the side of water, or stand in water. As elegant landscape lamps guiding the way, the scenery unfolds like a painting. Verdant vegetation, buildings and sky all reflect on the water. Strolling idly in a courtyard, it is easily to get sense of Jiangnan.
▼池边的屋宇如画卷般展开，the scenery beside the water unfolds like a painting
Project Name: Pullman Hotel, Moon River Zhouzhuang
Location: Kunshan, Jiangsu
Year of Design: 2014-2015
Year of Completion: 2017
Size: 35000 sqm
Landscape design: Art-Spring Design Group