Gaoliying Housing Development, Beijing

Under the Sign of Water

Client 
Beijing Dong Jun
Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.
Beijing
Architecture 
Baumschlager Eberle Architekturbüro
Vaduz
Period
2005 – 2010
Surface area 
1 275 000m2
Country 
China

The Gaoliying housing estate is situated on the outskirts of Beijing and has direct transportation links to both the city centre and the nearby airport.Landscape design plays a central role in the planning. Because of the massive scale of the development, the area is perceived as a landscape rather than a park. The existing river will be retained as a landscape element and developed into the centrepiece of the compound. The river-bed will be reactivated as an independent, functioning feature of the landscape and will be a key element in the revaluation and quality of the urban landscape within and beyond the compound

The landscape design synthesises traditional typologies – landscape, park, square, street, promenade and garden. Following a developed system, the different typologies will be pieced together like building blocks to form a coherent whole. They structure the compound according to functional-organisational as well as designatmospheric concerns, and create a coherent environment that is highly enjoyable to live in and experience.