XIANGYA, CHINA | COMPLETION 2020 | LEAD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
The Fifth XiangYa Hospital will provide a new world class model for the delivery of healthcare in an integrated, efficient and uplifting environment. The Hospital is a 40 acre campus, consisting of a series of interconnected structures, organized in two main groups — the General Hospital and the VIP Hospital — that surround a special central Healing Garden, axially aligned with the Xianguling Park.
The landscape design is inspired by the robust vernacular landscapes of the Hunan Province, with rice and flower terraces, fields of yellow seed flowers, and the karst geography of the mountains, covered in vegetation and mist.
These qualities were embraced within the site and abstracted to respond to site, program, and architecture. Given the scale of the hospital, the tree canopy plays a fundamental role, and acts as a architectural typology, with different tree species identifying different program areas while also providing a human scale to the central courtyards and respite from the hot summer sun.