West 8′s winning entry for the ‘Guangzhou Huadi masterplan’ capitalizes on the southern chinese history of horticultural fecundity to provide the city with a restorative and sustainable trajectory. As the delta land rapidly industrialized, land use scaled back the natural ecosystem of wetlands and created a scattered and severely polluted urban landscape. The proposal aims to create a balance between continuing urban development and zoned hydrology by rescaling land use and introducing ‘ecological cleaning machines’ along the canton axis, the historical gridline between Guagzhou and Fushan cities.
The tiered system includes a primary water collector, helped by a secondary mechanism with connectors and locks and a tertiary network of canals. Specific divisions between urban areas and horticultural lands are aimed at creating a more robust structure while preserving the major existing infrastructure. a central park will be bolstered by pockets of greenery and courtyards; a riverside bicycle lane will be implemented to encourage environmentally low-impact transportation. Known as ‘flower city’ the main metropolitan park is set to host the ‘guangzhou international flora expo’, an urban fair event yielding a flower show, a large greenhouse, and and architectural village comprised of both restored historical buildings and new hospitality development. This city within a city would also alleviate the displacement of resettled inhabitants from nearby villages into ‘green open city block structures.’ the masterplan posits that the area can be a world-class place of technological horticultural development, while creating an atmosphere that respects the makeup and movement of lingnan culture, itself distinct in its painting style, food, greenery and above all, a thousand-year fondness of botanic culture.
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Singaporean firm WOHA has completed the massive 100,548 square meter ‘intercontinental sanya resort’ on hainan island off the southerncoast of China. the collection of villas, a clubhouse, two hundred hotel rooms, restaurant, watergarden, spas, sports center and ballroomare encapsulated within the concept of the garden. each space opens directly to a vegetative feature of varying … Read More
The charming Monaci delle Terre Nere boutique hotel has a unique personality and an interior design that captivates and inspires. Located on the island of Sicily, the stunning looking villa (once inhabited by monks ) takes in the healthy countryside air of a region famous for its wineries. The current owner of the place purchased … Read More
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where the South American pampa meets Lake Sarmiento. The building is immersed in the landscape and emerges from the hillside. The award winning architecture complements the flow of the geology in this privileged location and showcases the magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National … Read More
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Eira is a seat conceived to occupy a special place in the lounge and so, becoming your favorite seating. Its design is based in individual bent wood pieces, in a way that the flexibility of the material itself provides a great comfort. A piece of furniture that doesn´t stand out simply because of its appearance … Read More
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Located on the side of a lush green mountain in Portugal this small time is built into massive boulders that provides some of the most intriguing architecture we have ever seen. The small town was named “the most Portuguese village in Portugal” back in 1938 during a nation contest, and since then the area has … Read More
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