This new urban resort in Beijing is set to create a new way of living: all about interacting with art, nature and architecture which is a new concept in China. Enea managed to stay true to the client’s idea of developing a holistic project that would touch and transform society through art, design and, most importantly, nature – all beliefs Enea shares in the daily practice as landscape architects.
Three different types of architecture have been used for the office towers, the Bulgari Hotel and the Genesis Art Foundation, designed by Tadao Ando. In the same fashion, the outdoor spaces were carefully designed to enhance the experiences of each one of the programs, including the public realm with the riverside promenade and amphitheater.
KPF designed the office towers, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel designed the Bulgari Hotel, and Enea had the task to bring all this together by embracing and interacting with the three diverse buildings and creating privacy where the client or program required it.
The landscape architecture was inspired by traditional Chinese gardens and the contemporary Italian architecture of the hotel. There were many challenges and restrictions, so Enea couldn’t create a very dense forest because there wasn’t enough space, but Enea obtained permission to transplant mature pine trees from the forest and to build up a rafter of trees with winding and sculptural shapes in order to give the sensation of usable, outdoor rooms to read, speak, drink tea and socialize. These native pine trees have become living sculptures that tie the entire complex together.
Enea wanted to stay true to developing a holistic project which could incorporate art, design and nature and bring these three different types of architecture together in one park. I am really proud of how people are using it – it is buzzing from morning until night. People meet at the library, go to the park and attend speeches about art and culture. It’s a cultural project which really works and will improve the quality of life.
The first phase (more public) opened last year, the hotel opens in September 2017 and the museum will open in 2018.