Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute - Poetic reinterpretation — landscape design of DULE Garden in Mandarin Palace
Client Jiangsu Zendai Commercial Culture Development Co
Architect Rocco Design Architects
Main Contractor Daqian Ecology & Landscape Co
Designers Yufan Zhu, Yujun Yao, Qinchun Gong, Shuang Wang, Xin Cong, Jie Shen, Ying Tian, Chang Guo, Shan Sun, Weiwei Zhai, Zijian Huang
A Chinese painting created in the 16th century reveals a poetic geometrical world distinct from the image of a traditional Chinese garden known to the public. This virtual world is poetically reinterpreted to a contemporary design work in China during the construction of the Mandarin Palace landscape in Nanjing.
DULE Garden is a significant and unique icon in Chinese garden history. Mandarin Palace, covering an area of 257ha, is blessed with unique natural resources and a 6ha surrounding lake. It consists of 101 independent villas on waterside, near the city or on the mountain. The landscape design of DULE Garden in Mandarin Palace is an image reinterpretation and design practice full of philological significance. It aims to reassess the similarities and differences of eastern and western spaces in a visual angle of globalisation.
The judges commented: "The craftsmanship involved in the ‘Reinterpretation’ garden is simply breathtaking and inspiring. Vistas offering stunning views to Kanghou Lake define the arrangement of vertical and horizontal features within the design and create a sense of both drama and tranquillity. This is an exceptional landscape scheme that has been carefully researched and designed to capture the essence of DULE Garden from ancient script. The judging panel was enthralled by the beauty and simplicity of the scheme and in full admiration of the design detailing and workmanship involved."
Award sponsor: CED Natural Stone