HENGQIN, CHINA COMPLETION: 2021
Seamlessly integrated into the life of the hospital, the landscape design nurtures the well-being of patients, family, visitors, and staff using ecological devices composed in an artful way. The healing nature of water becomes the connective thread throughout the landscape, continuously moving and transforming. Native plantings rich in the colors, textures, and fragrances embed the uniqueness of the local flora, creating a home away from home. These plantings, arranged in accompaniment to a diverse variety of meandering paths and topography unveil a range of spatial experiences to accommodate every level of the healing process. Collectively, these not only reveal a beautiful experiential landscape, but one that functions as an ecological machine by cleaning water, cooling spaces, and reducing energy consumption of the building.
The Landscape is comprised of these primary zones:
The Green Heart:
At the center of the hospital is the Green Heart Garden, a lushly planted green space easily accessible from the hospital. A series of green spaces for shaded seating, tai-chi, walking paths, terraced river access, and a variety of other activities are arranged around a tree covered “mountain” to be enjoyed within close proximity to the hospital.
The Healing Plaza
The healing plaza, an artful and smoothly paved pedestrian area surrounds the green heart garden, and provides patients and staff an accessible space to enjoy the outdoors, with wonderful views down to the central waterfall. This paved area also seamlessly accommodates necessary fire staging dimensions.
The riverwalk is a carefully sculpted riverfront promenade which acts the main pedestrian spine in and beyond the hospital site. Following the main riverway, all other pedestrian paths connect and diverge, establishing a easily navigable walking network.
The Rejuvenation Garden
The rejuvenation garden is meandering garden walk robustly planted with fruiting and flowering trees, shrubs, and groundcovers meant to distract and stimulate the senses. The lawn and stone path is green and soft on the feet, and a continuously curving sculptural bench provides ample seating and lighting along the way. A variety of regional birds and butterflies will be attracted to the native flora, and provide an additional layer of sensorial delight.
The Inpatient Garden
The inpatient garden directly adjacent to the inpatient tower is designed to create two widely different outdoor opportunities to engage with nature. The first is a vibrant vegetable garden and orchard, which feels more like a neighboring village than a hospital. Here patients can practise therapeutic gardening activities and enjoy the beauty of the developing garden. The second is a contemplative garden, lush and intimate in feel, small water features arranged within a series of smaller spaces around a smooth walking path provide all one would need for outdoor respite.
Composed of water, stone, and lush understory planting, a myriad of interior courtyard find their way throughout the hospital, embedding nature integratively.