IntroductionWidely known for “transcending the Confucian ethical codes and following nature”, Jiangnan (southern China) has fostered unlimited imagination and creativity of innumerous scholars and artisans with its trans-utilitarian aesthetic merit and poetic spirit. The aesthetic merit is unique, delicate, tenacious, graceful and gentle.Jiangnan culture is more easily manifested by comparing with ethical culture of Central Plains in northern China, as it is represented in sentimental aesthetics and the harmony and unity between realistic demands and beautiful natural environment.In the design process, we rethink how to put Jiangnan culture and Chinese traditional aesthetics into modern life.
It is not only to seek fragments of traditional culture in form, but also to meet modern inner demands, combine ancient elements and showcase the ethos of Jiangnan culture in modern times.Design ProcessThe external wall roof is furnished with slates commonly seen in southern China. It shows the architectural language form of grey tiles in Jiangnan; simple yet elegant tiles withnatural texture present a contrast with light and transparent glass curtain wall; stainless steel columns constitute the order of the main façade.To reduce construction cost, the main façade glass is segmented, and the segmented position is installed with stainless steel perforated plate to make the façade look more refined and diversified.To make stainless steel columns of the main façade look thinner, trapezoid cross section is used for them.
The outermost width is only 5cm along with grooved design to deliver a thinner and more refined look.Refined nodes and simple and neat colors are reflected in water, so tender and tranquil. Neat lines function to vividly demonstrate decent architectural form.Indoor SpaceUltra clear glass is used for the façade, huge and transparent.
The sunlight shines indoors in the daytime; beautiful indoor space begins to appear from the façade when lights are on in the dusk.Indoor industrial metal plates are combined with graceful curves; various wave forms are adopted to bring out unique features of Jiangnan.Aside from traditional aesthetics of Jiangnan, new materials and new techniques are applied to illustrate the ethos of Jiangnan culture and give the space more profound oriental Zen meanings.Project ProfileName丨Suzhou Swan Harbor ParkLocation丨Yizi Street, Taihu New Town, Suzhou (Suzhouwan North metro station) Owner丨R&F GROUP, KWG GROUP HOLDINGSArchitectural design丨Lacime ArchitectsChief designers丨Song Zhaoqing, Jin GuangxianDesign team丨Shang Yule, Zhang Yi, Ju Yicong, Liu XiaoyanOwner’s design team丨Yang Hua, Chen Qiang, Hu Yun, Ji Qing, Nie Haiming, Feng Jiasheng, ZhangSichenConstruction drawing design丨CSIADCurtain wall design丨Jiawei Curtain Wall DesignCurtain wall design team丨Gui Zubao, Sheng Anqi, Wang YiboInterior design丨WJIDLandscape design丨Shanghai Wendao Landscape DesignFloor area丨1200m²Design time丨December 2018Completion time丨September 2019Photograph丨Schran Images & Pei hao.