A Sustainable Cultural Landscape Implementation Approach for a Coastal Waterfront Living Room--Century Shangcheng Landscape Design by China Central Railway


01. General description of the project

Fengxian District is close to the East China Sea, and its aboriginal inhabitants are mainly fishermen. The local area is characterized by Xian culture, and the main feature of the building is the water town lane. Therefore, the landscape design of community service center is a landscape design with the theme of marine culture and water town living room. The building is the community service center, which is the living room of the community, and the parking lot is underground. There is a large water surface around the original environment and it is close to the sea, so this design still adopts a large water surface and integrates the water village characteristics and marine culture in the design.


The site has a high green area ratio and is adjacent to a park, so the landscape design reflects the concept of "Park Family, Water Town Lane". The principles of sustainable landscape design and ecological design are discussed in depth. Local culture and cultural sustainability are emphasized, and the local characteristics of the lilong architectural form are preserved; ecosystem protection is an important principle, which is achieved through the use of appropriate plants, soil and water treatment techniques; recycling and conservation is another important principle, which is achieved through the recycling and reuse of water, energy and materials; spatial layout and accessibility is the fourth important principle, which is achieved through the design of appropriate roads, walkways and plazas. roads, trails and plazas; emphasis on movement and health is the fifth principle; and management and maintenance is the sixth important principle, which ensures the sustainability and aesthetics of the landscape through the use of appropriate management and maintenance strategies.


The overall area of this project is approximately 60,000 square meters. Below the methods used to apply sustainable landscape design and eco-design in this project as well as the description of each sub-area.



02. Realization of sustainable cultural landscape

The landscape design of this residential area unites the efforts and wisdom of the designers to skillfully integrate the natural beauty of this area with the cultural characteristics of the community. In terms of aesthetics, the elements and the way of combination of the landscape design focus on the sustainability of the cultural landscape and the content of ecological design, aiming to create an aesthetically pleasing and practical place to live.



1. Local culture and cultural sustainability:

The embodiment of cultural landscape sustainability refers to the integration of local, historical and cultural elements into the process of creating landscape space in order to enrich the overall image and meaning of landscape space. This project gives full consideration to local cultural heritage, customs, historical traditions and urban spirit, such as incorporating design elements with local natural environment features; or utilizing cultural symbols for cultural theme creation to create a series of cultural landscapes with connotations.


The logo design of this project is inspired by the sculpture "Daughter of the Sea", through the hollowed out design of the light, the light turns from blue to orange as if the sun is rising on the sea. The outer wall of the community center looks like an unfolded fishing net, and the whole is like a boat moored in the harbor, symbolizing that home is the harbor of the heart.


By using more natural elements, such as waves, reefs and sandy beaches, the designers created a vibrant and dynamic landscape space for this area. At the same time, the designer also protects the natural environment by including coastal palm forests, marine animal sculptures and other vegetation in the design to make the landscape more natural and beautiful.


2. Ecosystem sustainability:

Ecosystems are the basis for maintaining human survival, so the protection and construction of ecosystems should be emphasized in sustainable landscape design. Landscape designers can fully study and utilize local vegetation, water resources, soil, etc., and use plants to increase urban green coverage, improve urban air quality, and slow down the urban heat island effect; strengthen the maintenance and management of water resources, such as rainwater collection, promote water recycling, reduce urban drainage, and prevent the waste of water resources. At the same time, landscape designers should pay attention to biodiversity, make the ecosystem as rich and stable as possible, and increase the ecosystem's adaptation and resilience to the environment.




3. Principle of recycling and saving:

Recycling and conservation are important concepts of sustainable development, which should likewise be integrated into sustainable landscape design. Landscape designers can strengthen the utilization and management of resources, reduce the generation of waste and pollutants through the recycling of waste materials, and realize the conservation and reuse of resources. For example, recyclable materials, such as natural materials and recycled building materials, can be used in landscape design. This will not only promote sustainable development in a practical way, but also enhance the city's image and citizens' awareness of environmental protection.


03. The design of each area of the landscape is presented with great care.

This area contains the landscape design of the front yard and backyard of the community center building and the sunken courtyard. According to the above design principles, we focus on the Spirit Fortress Indication Area, Beach and Reef Landscape Area, Trestle Bay Landscape Area and Sunken Courtyard Landscape Area.

First of all, it is the Spirit Fortress Indication Area, which takes the shape of "Daughter of the Sea", which must be the image of beautiful, mysterious and kind mermaids borrowed by designers from the western legend. The elements here are simple and sharp, summarizing a modern, abstract aesthetic. Such a design style fully demonstrates the aesthetic orientation of the modern industrial era and the extreme concern for nature and humanity.


The Beach Reef Landscape Area, on the other hand, is a place where natural scenery is placed in the community and built up by specific forms and spaces. The designers simulated the geomorphology of the beach and added many subjective elements to strengthen the sense of place. Simple changes in form, a mixture of different materials and colors, and the ever-changing effects of light and shadow all work together to create a moving picture of the pristine seaside scenery, allowing residents to relax and enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape.


And the trestle bridge bay landscape area, there is no doubt that presents a romantic harbor night scenery, there are let visitors marvel like a fairyland fog Sen, there are as if the waves of the fountain, relying on the trestle bridge, as if a moment to focus on the center of the bay, so that the spirit of the people bright, as if in a small seaport side. Such graceful and varied landscape elements constitute an illusory and interesting bay space, attracting countless people to come and savor the beauty of this area.


The sunken garden landscape area, on the other hand, realistically reproduces the natural landscape with artificial landscape appearance, such as the beautiful coral island in the blue ocean.


The designers used a large number of coral sculptures, undersea installations, floor paving, and art installations to create a sunken garden that simulates the undersea scene. Such a design style not only breaks the flower- and vegetation-based gardening approach, but also inspires deeper thinking and exploration of nature and the future of mankind.


Finally, the central landscape area of the community presents a picture of the harbor in an abstract form, where the design of fishing nets in the shape of a boat expresses the idea that the residential area is situated on this ocean. This design style sees the residential area as a beautiful boat sailing sensitively on the sea, reflecting the community's mission and responsibility in the social relay.

The landscaping is stunning, a natural work of art that protects the residents' homes. People return home and enjoy this wonderful and cozy environment as if they are in a quiet and beautiful dream. These beautiful landscapes will eventually lead people back to their homes, like a haven for the soul.


04. Conclusion

The way to realize the landscape design of China Railway - Century Shangcheng focuses on the realization of sustainable cultural landscape. The designer integrates the local natural scenery and community cultural characteristics, focuses on the protection and construction of the ecosystem, strengthens the utilization and management of resources, and realizes the saving and reuse of resources through the recycling of waste materials. The design of each area of the landscape is presented with great care, including the spiritual fortress indication area, the beach reef landscape area, the trestle bridge bay landscape area, and the sunken garden landscape area, constituting a landscape space full of vigor and vitality, and creating a beautiful and comfortable environment for the residents.