Qinglian Garden is located within a private property in Haiyan county, Zhejiang province. Within the enclosed property wall, the bespoke architecture design is composed of three buildings which are the main house, restaurant，and library, along with parking spaces at the rear of the property. The design scope includes outdoor space on the first floor and a courtyard at the lower level. The design philosophy is to construct a nature-resembling landscape while minimizing artificial traces. In the modern society, people are surrounded by man-made environments most of the time. One should take command of the objects around them, instead of being subservient to the environment. Therefore, designers wish to create a unique space where time will follow the rhythm of nature, uninterrupted by human activities.
▼项目概览，overall of the project ©陈颢
Entrance and Lawn Area
As users enter the garden after taking a few turns, the state of mind settles down from the noisy outside world. Designers use large quantities of natural materials and interweaving them with one another; the technique is shown in paving, planters, and vegetation. Designers aim to utilize the texture of stone itself as the conjoining element between different surfaces, softening the transition from the ground to vertical elements.
▼入户及草坪空间手稿，sketch of the entrance and lawn area ©七月合作社
Welcoming the owners returning home is a spacious courtyard, where the ground serves as the canvas, stone and vegetation as the brush. Then users enter the restaurant and the front lawn is viewed through a window. A large tree occupies the foregroud, only the trunk can be seen due to its height. Small trees are planted in the distance to exaggerate the depth of the field which makes the front lawn looks larger than reality.
▼入户空间，entrance of the project ©陈颢
▼以石木为笔，以土地为底，the ground serves as the canvas, stone and vegetation as the brush ©陈颢
East transitional area
▼东侧过渡空间手稿，sketch of the east transitional area ©七月合作社
Front yard presents a compact, modern artificial theme; however, the back garden mimics a loose/relaxed traditional natural escape. Entering the buffer zone from the east, users are calmed by the atmosphere that provides a certain degree of comfort. After a brief pause entering a narrow path, users begin to anticipate whats around the corner strolling through the narrow space.
▼东侧过渡空间， east transitional area ©陈颢
▼水池，water device ©陈颢
Users enters the library area next, which is the most relaxing area in the property. Even when entered from the west side of the garden, users need to pass through a sea of gravel. Walking on the stone bridge soothes the anxiety from the external environment as if taking part in a ceremony. All emotions and sensations will be transformed before entering the library area.
▼书斋庭院，library area ©七月合作社
Designers adopt the most traditional technique, using a hidden gong-like instrument to construct an acoustic landscape. Water flows and lightly drips onto the instrument in the quiet atmosphere, resembling bell tone coming from afar, allowing users to completely relax and return to a peaceful state of mind.
▼隐藏的水琴窟(すいきんくつ)装置营造出一处声景，hidden gong-like instrument to construct an acoustic landscape ©陈颢
Island, Stone Bridge, Waterfall
▼池岛、石桥、瀑布手稿，sketch of the island, stone bridge and the waterfall ©七月合作社
Passing through the corridor, the island comes into view. The island serves both as a visual barrier and a natural landscape，adding a sense of formality to the tour before entering the library area. Traversing over the stone bridge, sea of gravel, and stepping stones, users can easily hear the waterfall from afar, providing an orderly degree of urgency to the rhythm of the space. Stepping stones, irregular paving, riparian-edge stones, and connection stones take on the traditional form, simple and natural. The inner garden, best used for viewing, extends westward wrapping around the building towards the front entrance, completing the garden route of the first floor.
▼中岛连廊，the corridor and the island ©陈颢
▼汀步、乱拼、驳岸石、延段石都采用传统方法，朴实自然，Stepping stones, irregular paving, riparian-edge stones, and connection stones take on the traditional form, simple and natural ©陈颢
▼适宜静观的庭园空间一直延续到西侧，the inner garden extends westward ©陈颢
▼下沉中庭手稿，sketch of the sunken atrium ©七月合作社
Sunken atrium sports a modern style, differentiating itself from the traditional style of the other parts of the garden. A waterfall not only serves as the backdrop but also the source of thrilling acoustics in the atrium, which is located outside the lower level bedroom. The foreground is comprised of a statue-processed yellow-rust stone also serving as a planter. A single tree in the atrium allows users to experience seasonal change. Leaves moves in harmony with the environment, glimmering in the air reflecting light from the sun and oscillate in the wind.
▼下沉庭院，sunken atrium ©陈颢
▼黄锈石原石做雕塑化处理的石构件同时也是树池，The foreground is comprised of a statue-processed yellow-rust stone also serving as a planter ©陈颢
The garden tour extends beyond the property wall as there is a renovated community space along the riverside for locals to sit and converse under the willows. Previously, a small temple used to be located adjacent to the property; to bring back the traditions of worshiping and praying, a section of the property wall is refurbished for this purpose. Stones are used for barricades and seating.
▼总平面图，master plan ©七月合作社
▼河堤平面图，plan of the riverside ©七月合作社
Project Name: Qinglian Garden
Project Location: Qinglian Village, Haiyan, Zhejiang Province
Landscape Design: July Cooperative Company
Lead Designers: Heng Kang, Wei Sun, Yang Su, Zhao Ye
Project Scope: Conceptual Design, Construction Drawings, Design Supervision
Project Size: Approx. 1650 square meters
Construction Date: 2017.02
Completion Date: 2020.12
Architecture: Atelier Z+
Photography: Hao Chen
Media & Sound: Wei Sun, Xiaonan Hu, Petersberg