The Shanghai Garden of The 2019 Beijing World Horticultural Exhibition, China by ARCPLUS

The auspicious clouds bring good luck, while the refreshing rain nourishing all creatures

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▼项目视频,video  ©时差影像

The 2019 Beijing World Horticultural Exhibition is located along the Gui River, Yanqing District, Beijing, with a total area of 960 hectares. The Shanghai Garden Exhibition is located at the China’s Horticultural Exhibition Area, adjacent to the China Pavilion and the Beijing Garden Exhibition, with a total area of 2,850 square meters. As a representative of Shanghai Horticulture, Shanghai Garden will reflect the top level of Shanghai’s horticultural design. With the theme of “auspicious cloud”, Shanghai Garden presents a harmonious picture of “ the auspicious clouds bring good luck, while the refreshing rain nourishing all creatures” through the techniques of gardening, expressing the blessings for China and the wishes for a better life. The Garden is divided into six areas: Cloud Stairs, Cloud Shadow, Cloud Clothes, Cloud Hill, Cloud Nest and Cloud Nest. While presenting the achievements of horticulture, it also displays unique Shanghai-style gardening culture and local characteristics.

▼项目概览,project overview  ©时差影像


▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view  ©时差影像

The overall layout of the Shanghai Garden satisfies the needs of the exhibition, making full use of the space to shape various landscape spaces from airtight to open, from outdoor to indoor, from natural to artificial, from flat to stereoscopic. For the touring route, the three different elevations of the ground, the air bridge and the narrow road are prepared for the visitors, so that they can appreciate the beauty of gardening from different viewing heights, as if they were surrounded by the beauty of the endless flowers, thus having a splendid experience in the garden.

▼上海园,the Shanghai Garden  ©时差影像

▼展示着上海独特的海派园林文化和地方特色,unique Shanghai-style gardening culture and local characteristics  ©时差影像

▼从密闭到开敞、从室外到室内、从自然到人工、从平面到立体的各种特色景观空间,various landscape spaces from airtight to open, from outdoor to indoor, from natural to artificial, from flat to stereoscopic  ©时差影像


▼景区营造示意图,the different landscape themes illustration

Through the “Cloud Stairs” – “Cloud Clothes” – “Cloud Hill” – “Cloud Nest” – “Cloud Dock” – “Cloud Shadow”, the landscapes with various space characteristics and plant features are presented, with abundant fogs to highlight them, so as to create a unique landscape touring experience of “life on the clouds, wandering in the clouds”. The design of Shanghai Garden is inspired from the art of drawing, referring to the techniques of “polishing”, “splashing ink”, “dot color”, “smear” and “dry brush” to present landscapes with diverse textures of ground covers. Meanwhile, make full use of the newly-developed excellent horticultural varieties in Shanghai, and use the different flowering period to form a concentrated area, and make planting groups of the characteristic flowering period. With the backbone arbor as the core of the group, it forms the nine characteristic plant display areas and becomes the core highlight of the whole garden. Moreover, the vertical greening technology is fully utilized to display Shanghai’s most attractive skylines on both sides of the Pujiang River in the form of green plants, reflecting the symbols of Shanghai and representing the past and the present, the communication and blending between the West and the East. Meanwhile, for the indoor area and outdoor railings, the use of multi-succulent wall and greening hanging enrich the indoor space and touring interests, demonstrating Shanghai’s characteristic technology of green planting. The eye-catching shape of the entrance is the Chinese pine. It refers to the bonsai effect on the table of the classical garden, and is harmoniously integrated with the flowers, ground covers, and ornamental grass of the modern gardening in this garden, reflecting the blending of Eastern and Western garden art.

▼入口,entrance  ©时差影像


The Cloud Stairs is the entrance and exit of the whole garden. The method of “first suppressing and then praising” is used at the entrance to create a water-falling obstructive view that blocks sight, increasing the depth of field and the interests of the garden.

▼云阶跌水障景,a water-falling obstructive view  ©时差影像

▼云阶步道,the cloud stairs walking track  ©时差影像


The Cloud Clothes is taken from the verse of “Cloud reminds dresses while flower reminds looking”, which mainly displays the rock garden. The foreground is created in the flower theme of blue and white, forming an open landscape of endless flowers. Along the two sides of the stone road, the rock garden, the herb garden and the pine and cypress plants are arranged along with the stone to form a green background, setting off a variety of ornamental grasses to form a blue-gray special garden.

▼云裳,the cloud clothes  ©时差影像

▼花海中的石板路,the stone road in an open landscape of endless flowers  ©时差影像


The Cloud Hill uses a relatively steep terrain to create a landscape touring with two distinct views of the air bridge and the narrow road.

▼云裳望云岗,the cloud hill  ©时差影像

▼云岗入口,the entrance of the air bridge  ©时差影像

▼云桥,the air bridge  ©时差影像

▼云桥鸟瞰,aerial view of the air bridge  ©时差影像


The Cloud Nest is a structure of aluminum alloy with a length of about 21 meters, a width of about 16 meters and a height of about 8 meters. It consists of an internal steel frame and an external decorative component. The image of the clouds formed by the dense arrangement of the components from different angles.

▼云巢鸟瞰,aerial view of the cloud nest  ©时差影像

▼云巢内部,interior of the cloud nest  ©时差影像

▼疏密形成云的意象,the image of the clouds formed by the dense arrangement of the components  ©时差影像

▼铝合金构筑物,a structure of aluminum alloy  ©时差影像


The Cloud Dock reflects the relationship between human and nature. It mainly displays the unique landscape of water and wetland, which is embodied in the special garden of water forest and wetland iris. Then go back to the entrance and exit of the “Cloud Stairs”.

▼云坞,the cloud dock  ©时差影像

▼水上森林与湿地鸢尾专类园,the special garden of water forest and wetland iris  ©时差影像


The Cloud Shadow is the central area of the whole garden. The mirror-like water is used as the link connecting the various areas. There are two characteristic plant exhibition areas in the area of the Cloud Shadow, one is the iris garden on the side of Cloud Dock, and the other is wetland flower on the side of the Cloud Stairs. The formation of the staggered stereoscopic vision becomes the last highlight before the end of the touring.

▼云影,the cloud shadow  ©时差影像

▼云影汀步,the stepping stone of the cloud shadow  ©时差影像


There are two largest buildings in the garden, one is the “Cloud Nest” in the focus of the whole garden, and the other is the “Cloud Bridge” that raises the viewing line. The two buildings use architectural design, the parametric design and the assembly-type construction in engineering practices to save the cost, speed up the construction period and improve the construction accuracy. Although the garden is small but abundant in content, colorful plant colors, diverse representations, and a variety of plant displays. All these reflect the characteristics and development achievements of the contemporary Shanghai-style horticulture. The original intention of landscape design is not only to present the planting and horticulture, but also to use the horticultural plants to create the expression of the space and to create the characteristics of the space. The Auspicious Garden not only provides visitors with an impressive garden during the exhibition, but also leaves an urban garden in Beijing with a deep Shanghai signature.

▼夜景,night view  ©时差影像

▼花卉和石板路,the stone road in an open landscape of flowers   ©时差影像

▼座椅及花卉细部,details  ©时差影像


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