Shenzhen Water Cascade | Shenzhen, China | One Landscape Design

The Shenzhen Water Cascade landscape project in Shenzhen, China is about creating a landscape setting for Tea Room and Tea Gallery within a private club for a renowned bank. This primarily interior landscape project is driven by the concept of abstracting Chinese landscape within provided indoor space by the interplay of scale and form. Working very closely with the interior architects this landscape design is sublime yet sculptural, mysterious yet me­lodic.

The key feature of the landscape design within this gallery space is the long sculptural water feature acting as the backdrop to the tea gallery setting. This sculptural water feature is a direct abstraction of beautiful tea terraces found in Chinese countryside juxtaposed with the traditional Chinese landscape painting of shan shui. The entire setting is like a three dimensional Chinese landscape painting installation where the interplay of scale and texture enrich the experiences of the tea connoisseurs.

Water in this design plays a unique role. It is inspired by the overflowing movement of tea when poured in a ceramic tea cup and its fluidity adds a soothing sound bringing a sense of calm and serenity within the space. As it cascades down the articulated terraces, it creates a wide pool at the base –a notion of a stream at the base of the mountain. Dark pebbles at the bottom of the water trough evoke the sense of a natural bed of gentle brook winding through. The base pool is further extended to connect a tea testing pavilion/tea house which gives the pavilion a floating feel.

Shenzhen Water Cascade

Location of project                Shenzhen, China
Landscape Designer:  One Landscape Design Limited
Photographer:  Visual Suspect Limited

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