Pengzhou, a park city practicing the new concept of urban landscape development, intends to create a 3-dimensional artistic conception which is capable to produce an interactive link between citizens and the city. The Jian River Valley eco-tourist district is the core project of the ‘3-dimensional urban landscape’ development. And also, the site of project is located at the heart of the Jian River Valley, which is the entrance of the only route from Chengdu to the Giant Panda National Park (Pengzhou section) at the same time.
The entire diagram of the project is based on the ecology of Jian River, with panda culture as the core, and integrates various functions, such as cultural exhibition, science popularization & education, scene interaction and cultural & creative experience.
The project comes up with an overall architectural image - "lying on the cloud", which was inspired by the pleasant landscape of Longmen Mountain, the wild protection of "bamboo hermit"-panda, and the infinite yearning of contemporary urban people towards returning to nature and instinct. Then, the project used the boulders and river pumice formed by the geological activities in Longmen Mountain as architectural images in order to create an architectural vision of floating boulders; inspired by the picture of pandas playing above the trees as the architectural image, designed the central suspended building, which is trying to form the envision that panda lying in the cloud; took the bamboo forest where pandas live as the inspiration, the lower overhead space was constructed, come up with the sense of mottled shadow and misty fog within the forest. These three images build a floating, magical, fuzzy and futuristic interesting space together, and also provide the experiencer with a sense of listening the spring within the forest shadow on the secret land above the cloud. We named this journey, "exploration of hermits".