Place Design Group was commissioned to deliver the landscape design for One Central, a residential project developed by Sunac China in Fuqing, Fuzhou City of Fujian Province.To date, the display area has been completed which will be used as a community club while the full community is currently under construction.
Located at the intersection of two major roads, the display area is comparatively small and impacted by the surrounding noise. The resolution was to create a partially enclosed landscape, with the inner space protected by boundary walls and accessed via large steps at the entrance to balance the height difference, further enhancing the sense of enclosure to the space.
The concept of “One Pool, One Landscape” conforms to the conditions of the site, creating a multi-level landscape setting to enhance the visitors experience and showcase the developments quality.
From the initial design stages through to final concept the project has evolved through several rounds of discussions. The setting of the entrance is a good example, relocating the pedestrian entrance from its initial position in the middle of the long elevation to the southeast corner of the site has made access simpler for pedestrians arriving by car or foot and a grander feeling upon entering.
This also enabled visitors to view the signage upon entering more easily and delivering effective guidance. The straight-line distance from the entrance to the sales center is short and this arrangement lengthens the walking distance creating more opportunities for visitor experience.
Decorative glass were used together with stone on the enclosing wall. Contrasting the solid stone the semitransparent glass brings the outside in as well as a balance between perceptions of public space and private.
The long entrance pathway allows visitors to complete a visual transition, leaving the noisy streets behind as they head towards the quiet inner courtyard. The pathway is bound by feature walls on both sides, however the unique landscape design has created a sense of space. The glass wall balances the heaviness of the stone wall, while the crepe myrtle tree that peeps over the top of the wall renders the softscape to complement with hardscape at the entrance.
The elongated space further enhances the entry experience. Here we used the framed landscape to direct views to the opposite wall where a ripple-patterned relief is attached vertically.
The ripple pattern of the mirrored stainless-steel echoes the natural ripples that slowly spread over the water surface, creating a contrast between the static and the dynamic, the vertical and the horizontal, as well as the artificial and the natural. Linking with a slightly raised water feature the elongated shape also adds spatial depth to this framed scenery.
Visitors views are progressively enhanced as they move from the entrance to inside the inner courtyard. The outdoor sunken lounge on the left side of the pathway appears as if floating above the water, providing visitors with a comfortable outdoor resting space. The plumeria tree in the corner enriches the sunken lounge in the vertical level, while also serving as a visual focus to the interior facing the courtyard. The surrounding reflective water coupled with simple planting of varied size along the walls further contributes to creating a comfortable environment.
On the right side of the pathway opposite the sunken lounge is an abstract figure sculpture. Designers conducted strict control over the presentation of the sculpture from concept submission, gradually optimizing the shape and materials and using on-site simulation by 3D print modelling to final installation.
The sculpture made of metal in a modular technique matches the simple and modern aesthetic of the project, symbolizing the enterprising spirit of Fuqing people.
The style of the project is interpreted in the overall layout: the sunken lounge is balanced by the water feature platform with sculpture; paths are completely integrated at each turning point, shaping into separate rectangles; the linear lighting also echoes the facade of the sales center. Every detail shows its uniqueness, but all together forms a unified and harmonious project style.
Project：One Central Display Area
Location：Fuqing, Fujian, China