Chipperfield completes Xixi Wetland Estate
David Chipperfield’s Berlin and Shanghai offices worked together on a residential development at the Xixi National Wetland Park. Located in the outskirts of Hanzhou in Eastern China, the park contains the world’s longest artificial waterway, risen from a thousand-year long coexistence of man and nature. The estate development meant the construction of 20 duplex apartments that form a whole with the surrounding nature and local architectural traditions.
The structures are completely surrounded by the wild water garden, their H-layout ensuring safe connection between each. The strict, cube-like shape and the dark stone material used stand in sharp yet well-balanced contrast with the harsh green of the landscape. Typical of Xixi’s architectural traditions, the buildings stand on stone plinths sitting in the water, providing a hovering effect.
This floating quality is present in the open-plan interiors as well, that feature room-length windows to make the most out of natural light and the spectacular views. The Xixi Wetland Estate is an exquisite example of the harmonious interplay of landscape, architecture, and water.
Photos: Simon Menges
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