This project aims to create a mutualistic interaction for people and nature. The overall layout focuses on three elements: axes, blank space, and layers. The deliberately left blank small spaces connect and become a complete scenic recreation site. Different layers of green and concise geometric lines stacking and interweaving fuse into a harmonious unity, where the aesthetic of eastern brush painting and calligraphy is presented.
The front yard is an open area. To build a gentle landscape field, the design team brings greenery elements in and plays with light and shadow, with design technique such as multilayer rendering to create a rich, various green filed. Through the seamless combination of the playful public art installation and simple wall with the project name “Harmonious Forest” imprinted, alongside the rich, delicate greenery, the beauty of simplicity among the space is highlighted.
The green grass on the front yard, the small bridge and flowing stream, the blooming flowers and trees, and the calming pond at the gate that helps moderate the temperature all together constitute a rustic picture, just like a banquet of literati in ancient China. On the sides of the welcoming trail extending along the axis stand a row of Taiwan pines, camphor trees, madagascar almonds and bald cypresses, spreading their branches like a welcoming host.
The trees not only stand for the virtue of uprightness in traditional Chinese culture but also show grace and generosity of the residents. In the backyard is a streamlining swimming pool with minimalistic design and trees grows with the season like frangipanis and sakura trees, adding a floral flare of romance into the project.
The design team applies a traditional Chinese garden design philosophy, by using the window as a frame, the view outstand becomes a painting of nature, and in different season comes a different view. The blank space lets the light and shadow have their moment and brings the greenery outside in. To live is to conformity with nature, and with a residence changes with time, the residents can live in comfort and ease. This project as a community is designed for people at different ages or with various lifestyles to live a healthy life. Without leaving the community, residents can play ball games, swim, or even just talk a walk and enjoy the nature. With aquatic animals and plants in the stream, the garden is the best biology classroom for children. Younger kids can have fun in the kids’ playground and play under the care of their family. The physical and mental needs vary to people at different ages, the team aims to fulfill theses needs via designs while bringing in more bits of nature and the idea of sustainability to create a realm where people can live harmoniously with each other, and more importantly, with nature.