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Landscape Design of Lake Mansion by IVVA (SHANGHAI)

Project name:
Lake Mansion
Landscape Architecture:
Shangqiu, Henan Province, China
Chill Shine
Principal designer:
Design team:
Song Yaping, Wei Hongcheng, Wang Bangyu, Jiang Zhihui
4,225 ㎡
Design year:
Completion year:
June, 2022
Real Estate Group Co., Ltd. of CSCEC 7th Division
Landscape Design

IVVA (SHANGHAI): The project is located in Shangqiu, which was known as Songdu or Songzhou in ancient times. The design concept is to recreate the elegant, quaint garden style of Song dynasty in a modern context.

"Courtyard", "Garden" and "Lane" were arranged to make the space feel like home.

The "Flying Snow in Liang Garden" created by Yuan Jiang, a famous garden painter in the Qing Dynasty, depicts the scenes of Liang Garden, a large-scale royal garden built in Shangqiu during the Western Han Dynasty. Taking the painting as the blueprint, the project recreates the dignified, simple, and grand atmosphere of the Song-style royal garden, and conjures up three landscape spaces: "See the Forest", "Watch the Mansion" and "Stare at the pond".

"See the Forest":

The foreground is shaped into a trendy street to strengthen a commercial ambience of the residential community. With "Hippopotamus Paradise" as a unique intellectual property, an iconic urban neighborhood featuring romance and childish innocence is created amidst the trees and flowers.

"Watch the Mansion":

The project refers to luxury hotel The Banyan Tree Shanghai for scene creation, with an emphasis on fine craftsmanship. The double-curved rose gold metal formed by a compression molding process is used as the main material to create an exquisite and luxurious hotel-style entrance waterscape. The sculpture, named "Spring up", is a symbol of good fortune.

"Stare at the pond":

The backyard is inspired by ink-brush Song paintings. In the pine garden, the inkstone-like pond, and the five elements that represent elegance in traditional Chinese culture including pine, bamboo, stone, water and the moon, create a poetic scene with a fresh color palette and composition. The unique low-hanging connecting corridor guides the sight line, creates a space for staying, and produces fun visual interaction of and a fluid sense of space. In the afternoon, the dazzling sunray in the small garden unfolds a romantic yet simple painting, which is more appealing after the rain.

In addition, rare trees such as hackberries, tallow trees and shape pines were selected, which are carefully matched with flowering trees early cherry to form a landscape feature of three seasons with flowers.


Established in 2019, IVVA (SHANGHAI), INC. has actively launched business in domestic and foreign markets to contribute to strengthening the international influence of Chinese design. Following Oriental design wisdom, IVVA works to "create infinite worldly scenes out of limitations". With "foreseeing the whole picture through details and incorporating literary mind into picturesque landscapes" as the design vision, the practice specializes in delivering whole-process landscape solutions covering engineering, manufacturing, procurement and construction (EMPC).

In spite of the constraints of limited site area and budget, IVVA makes efforts to build and upgrade the brand image of property developments through landscape creation, so as to enhance the premium and speed up the sale of properties.

IVVA is dedicated to experimental and classic landscape design, and endeavors to lead a wide variety of landscape styles, including fashionable modern style, Miami vacation style, Dubai style, natural vacation style, garden style, metropolitan style, neo Chinese style and upscale artistic landscape, as well as the design of vigorous urban public space. What's more, the practice pursues the perfect unity among master planning, architecture, interior, landscape, lighting and artworks.

By Liliana Alvarez

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