Buildings and lands have been constantly removing and rebuild in this era, every project is a bit of “Tabula Rasa”. Transformation of Heito 1909 is a rare project of adaptive reuse, instead of being obsessed with iconic buildings, everything in the park is designed inside out as the extension of the ruins. The unique design creatively incorporates the ruins and damaged structures into the urban facilities for citizens to experience. Significantly, the park provides a place for people to engage in quality natural environments within a metropolitan city.
The project adopts the layout and form of the Summer Palace to set a magnificent tone, and meanwhile adsorbs the distinctive liveliness of Jiangnan gardens. The overall layout draws on the dignified form of Summer Palace, while the details refer to delicate Jiangnan gardens. In this way, the design integrates the quintessence of gardens in north and south China and truly creates various scenes in every garden, which offers changing landscapes to the moving visitors. The project presents different views in each garden, combines landscape and functionality.
The Tiger Glen Garden is a contemplation garden built in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. It is inspired by a Chinese parable, called the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, in which three men overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship. The garden was designed in an austere style called karesansui in Japanese in which an image of nature is created with an arrangement of stones.
Baobab Garden is a garden conceived between two cultures, the Asian through its garden and the bamboo, and Africa through a symbolic baobab. These two inspirations become entangled to form only one. At the heart of this nature emerges the spirit of the Forest the Baobab. Today, there are only relics of forest completely constituted by Baobab where reigned vast forests. The oppression of the man on forests was never as so strong as it is today, in our eyes of European and by this insight I wanted to restore a little of wisdom into this world.
The inspiration behind this design is the affection for the simplicity and insight of Mondrian abstraction and symbolism with a touch of character and authenticity denoted in the historic Square Kufic calligraphy. This design is a manifestation of coherent fusion between styles advocating the message that there is a possibility of mixing different seemingly contradictory style regarding the naked eye observation while when digging deep into the philosophy behind them there would be similarities that would result in a coherent artwork that is appealing beyond obvious comprehension.
Tahrir Square is the backbone of Egyptian political history and therefore reviving its urban design is a political, environmental and social desideratum. The master plan involves closing off some of streets and merging them into the existing square without upsetting traffic flow. Three projects were then created to accommodate a recreational and commercial functions as well as a memorial to mark Egypt’s modern political history. The plan took into account sufficient space for strolling and seating areas and a high green area ratio to introduce color to the city.