This project is located near the northern exit of Xinguang Tunnel in Zhaomushan Forest Park, Liangjiang New Area, in the core of downtown Chongqing. The central region of the Park has an area of 4,300 mu and a developed transport system. Adhering to the design concept of “City of Landscapes, Source of Art”, the modern streamlined architectural forms of Shunshanfu apartments interact with and complement the Zhaomushan landscape, creating a harmonious dialogue between the innovative structures and surrounding natural environment.
The project extends the textures of Zhaomushan and assumes the artistic conception of the landscape. The ring and belt shed light on comfort and charm, echoing the retreat of the hermit. The entire complex has a “three axes and six courtyards” spatial layout.
The progressive “door-courtyard-house” design reveals the reclusive aesthetics of classic garden architecture. It has a wide and spacious entrance halls, elegant and tranquil gardens, and impressive courtyards. The scenery on the journey home is varied and beautiful. The dimensions of distance and the boundaries between public and private gradually evolve. Land separated by roads is connected by the landscape, creating a natural extension of the mountainous scenery.
The design of the external façade embodies the concept of “hidden mountains and waters”. Instead of traditional flat designs, the façade is curved, precisely combining the solidity of the mountains with the fluidity of water. It is full of vigor, like a growing plant.
The light and shadow variations on the mountains are considered a part of the façade design. The streamlined architecture creates a kind of contradiction which emphasizes the combination of architecture and life. A fantastic scene is formed in which the landscape is integrated with human activities, with tangible spaces and buildings being created in an atmosphere involving everything surrounding.
The architectural proportions are repeatedly refined to ensure dimensional harmony with the mountains. The outdoor and indoor environments interact with each other through clear floor-to-ceiling windows, breaking boundaries and achieving seamless integration.
At a height of 6 m, the spacious entrance halls, a space that can touch one’s heart with its fine workmanship, ensure that people experience a sense of comfort when entering from outside. Built with parquet stones, the indoor floors and walls meet strict dimensional standards.
The height differences of the hall vanish in such designs as suspended layers, platforms and elevators. The suspended layers contain rationally designed living spaces. Each green and ecological suspended layer is equipped with daily living facilities, forming a “mini life mall”.
“When humans create something with feelings and hope, their creation is endowed with soul.” On the basis of their research into human lifestyles, the architects took advantage of spatial design to ensure both family unity and personal privacy. The proportions of the living rooms, perception of formal and informal space, and location of the entrance were all decided through the consideration of human physical and mental behavior. The 9 m hall, 2 m balcony and curved corner windows give dwellers the best views of the scenery.
The artistic correlations in the gardens and architecture make connections between history, nature and the buildings. Modest and secluded but never devalued or absent, this architectural complex gives the existing site a new look, and is set to become an indispensable part of history.