Private Retreat and Park
Sited on a 4.5-hectare property just outside Beijing, this project is comprised of multiple distinct components: a boutique factory; a gallery, clubhouse, and spa compound for visitors; small villas for overnight guests; residences to house the owner’s extended family; and a 1.8-hectare naturalistic park. mbla worked closely with Gluckman Tang Architects to develop a range of formal and domestic landscape spaces. A stone court, reflecting pools, private courtyards, and backyard gardens extend the character and functionality of the buildings into the landscape. The park, which is loosely based on traditional Chinese garden concepts, consists of several interwoven zones: a meadow, a wooded hill, a large play lawn, a wooded wetland, and a pond. At the core of the park, the large tea pavilion, pond, and adjacent walkway and bridge serve as central destinations for visitors.