As “the Capital of Silk”, Huzhou has been well known for its silk production since ancient times. According to the historical records, its reputation began in the Three Kingdoms and Six Dynasties, developed in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, Song and Yuan Dynasties, and boomed in Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the first year of Xianfeng Dynasty, Huzhou silk was exported to the Europe and was popular among the royal families. The design of Huzhou Poly Tangyue is inspired by the four charms of silk, expecting to interpret the silk culture of Huzhou City.
With a long history of more than 4,000 years, Huzhou silk has served as royal tributes since Tang Dynasty. In Qing Dynasty, the clothes of the emperors, the queens and the imperial concubines must be made of Jili sillk of Huzhou, which is now world-renowned.
Huzhou Poly Tangyue follows the musical rhythms to hide, expose, pause and transit spaces. When entering the ring-shaped experience center, visitors can have an thorough view of the long and narrow space which is well arranged with the mirror waterscape and the music lawn.
Silk Charm in Painting
As the welcoming space at the entrance, the outer wall of the ring-shaped experience center is decorated with cocoons and the interior space is designed in the shape of a cocoon. A big tree stands high in the center, just like a silkworm gets out of the shell. The grand painting “A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains” unfolds around the wall, allowing people to enjoy the beautiful natural views and painting through the glass vitrines.
Ring-shaped Experience Center
A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains was painted by Wang Ximeng under the instruction of the Emperor Huizong of Song Dynasty. The designer has combined the painting with the silk, creating a transition space which integrates traditional experience with modern fun. Simple but elegant design with a tree and a painting enables visitors to experience great tranquility and freedom.
Silk Charm in Academy
Jili Silk is famous for its fineness, softness, whiteness and malleability, which can even bear the weight of eight ancient copper coins; the Imperial Academy advocates grace and elegance and spurns vulgarity and vanity. Spring flowers, green grass and tea vapour create a cozy atmosphere which allows people to find their inner peace and freedom.
Open lake and surrounding landscapes highlight the beauty of architecture.
The mirror waterscape is open and the roads are accessible. Part of the famous painting“dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”is paved under the water, providing the experience of walking above the painting. It is said that poetry is an art to interpret the familiar things in a strange way. According to this standard, the design of the waterscape area is truly poetic.
Aerial photo of the mountain-shaped sculpture which looks like a bamboo raft floating on the the river.
Silk Charm in Landscape
The objects and ideas have their meanings only when they are experienced by people. The process of presenting these experiences is called creation. The Huzhou silk is soft and continuous, identical to the lines in traditional landscape paintings. Thus it is extracted and applied in the landscape design and becomes the symbol of the space.
The form of silk not only shows in mountains and waters but also applies in the design of decorations, sculptures and spaces.
Huzhou is famous for Mount Tianmu, Lake Taihu and Jili Silk. Natural mountains and waters are wonderful and marvellous, while the artificial hills and lakes also have their own beauty. Dong Qichang, one of the most influential painter and calligrapher in Ming Dynasty once said that, “The paintings is inferior to natural landscape in miraculous effect but superior to it in creative skills.”
Beauty of Mountains and Rivers
Beauty of Mountains and Rivers
The mirror water welcomes the visitors with a graceful and elegant atmosphere. The music lawn provides an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying melodies. With natural landscape as the background, the well-organized space allows people to get close to nature.
Silk is visible but silent, while music is invisible but audible. The designer has interpreted the eight characteristics of Jili Silk by musical instrument in ancient orchestra (bamboo, string, gourd, metal, clay, stone, leather and wood). In this way, silk can be heard and music can be seen. That’s why the eight music ladies come into being and why the lawn is called the music lawn.
The eight music ladies are originated from court women in the paintings of Tang Dynasty. Created with modern materials and displayed in the vitrines, the images of the music ladies look exquisite and elegant.
The music lawn serves not only as the exhibition area but also as the place for relaxation and parties.
The charms of Huzhou silk are successfully interpreted by paintings, academic atmosphere, landscapes and ancient music. Designed for a more beautiful life, Huzhou Poly Tangyue shows us that Huzhou is an ideal place for habitation. It is a city for all ages, not because of its prosperity or reputation but because it has connected the past with the future.
Project: Huzhou Poly Tangyue, Zhejiang
Client: Huzhou Poly Co.,Ltd.
Category: boutique housing
Size: 5112㎡ (exhibition area)
Year of Design: 2017
Landscape Design: GVL