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The softscape design concept for the all-villas resort reflects a subtle abstraction of the nine hundred year-old ancient city of Lijiang. It is … Read More
The softscape design concept for the all-villas resort reflects a subtle abstraction of the nine hundred year-old ancient city of Lijiang. It is a quiet and informed translation of the existing historic elements into a language of modernity. The juxtaposition of the planting material does not attempt to copy a Chinese scenic landscape nor does it follow what constitutes traditionally a Chinese garden typology. It offers an abstracted microcosm of the ancient city Lijiang experience. Read Less
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The softscape design concept for the all-villas resort reflects asubtle abstraction of the nine hundred year-old ancient city of Lijiang. It isa quiet and informed translation of the existing historic elements into alanguage of modernity. The juxtaposition of the planting material does notattempt to copy a Chinese scenic landscape nor does it follow what constitutestraditionally a Chinese garden typology. It offers an abstracted microcosm ofthe ancient city Lijiang experience.
One constant factor throughout the resort is the manner in whichthe softscape is divided into large rectangular plots expressing a tension betweenthe aesthetics of an ordered matrix and the naturalistic planting. To achievethis effect, planting is done in grids to form hedges of flowering shrubs andclusters of bamboo. Specimen tree species are planted as distinctive trees withcharacteristically good form.

The Villa Courtyards attempt to depict a perception of home –where the landscape feels comfortable and intimate, just as a diligenthome-owner would have tended to its every need. Plant choices and arrangementstherefore echo these qualities – chosen with low maintenance in mind, with softlawns of mosses and grass comfortable to tread on with bare feet. Pottedplants, bonsai trees and carefully chosen stones are positioned at strategiclocations around the yard in the same spirit as a Chinese painting.