Gulao Water Town Cultural Ecological Tourism Resort Guest Center / Shenzhen Huahui Design
Photographs: Kangyu Hu
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Zheng Ling, Jing Ouyang, Guangying Zhou
Text description provided by the architects. Gulao Water Town is located next to the beautiful Xijiang River in Jiangmen Town. It is famous for its natural texture surrounding the pillars. Starting point for the entire ecological space of the city of water, the Center d’hôtes project aims to inherit the ecological and natural characteristics of the regional water city and to activate and deduce the image of the city of water.
Design strategy. Based on the original ecological elements with local characteristics in Jiangmen Gulao, we extracted many local genes and inserted them into our design, aiming to seek the original cognition and initial impression of the water city – pure nature and primitive ecological.
Positive thinking in design – representing the expression form of local humanities and art, should be rooted in the land of creation itself. Reverse thought in the design – if a certain water-derived substance can symbolize the local culture from historical accumulation to modernity.
Design Concept: Lotus Shake Under Light Breeze. The design inspiration for this case is derived from the experience of navigating the Lotus Pond Waterway in Gulao Water Town. In hot weather, watching the wind blowing in the lotus, feeling the breeze on your face, is relaxed and comfortable. The Gulao Water Town Visitor Center encapsulates the folds of a three-dimensional lotus leaf, creating a public resting space where guests can stay, overlooking the West River, and relax to meditate. Break the original uniform texture of lotus leaves, according to the site’s landscape value needs and visual focus, “organic pruning”, to create an interesting, neat and flexible space. The reception center is made up of three distinct scales: “viewing area at the top, rest area in the middle and exhibition area at the bottom”. The appearance is simple and clear, and the scenery is different for professionals on foot.
The roof uses hemp rope made from a local natural material to protect from the sun. While ensuring the integrity of the whole building, the regional ecological material is presented in the form of a modern suspension, which enhances the appreciation of the visual layer and makes the whole building a beautiful landscape.
The main intention of this design is to create a central space for meditation and quiet reflection and to draw upwards from the bottom up and the heavy outer light. Standing there and watching the floating clouds, one can forget the noise of the outside world and focus on the pure horizon.
Vision. The project selects traditional local materials, deduces the new architectural form, creates the place to welcome guests with the characteristics of the water town, aims to inherit the regional culture, respect nature and look to the future. .