Featured Habitat Projects

Shenyang’s Oriental Venice Residential Landscape Design Project Snapshot

China’s typical residential neighborhoods are of high-rise and high density apartment complexes built in rows and columns and oriented for best sun angles. Courtyards are preferably formed by in-between spacings of residential towers. They are critical community outdoor spaces, and are key elements of a home environment. Great effort are spent to make residential outdoor community space garden-like. This project in Shenyang is one of such example. G|SaaN designers created a themed garden suited for easy maintenance and seasonally pleasant. It is also specially designed to work as a “roof-top” garden, as most of the garden spaces are on top of a full underground parking level.

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Rick Jin Senior Architect
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In biological terms, habitat refers to natural environment of an organism. In architecture terms, we use habitat to describe a broader  sense of man-made residential settings, i.e. places which people call home.
We feel that the term habitat helps to emphasize the vulnerability of built environment in relationship with the natural environment for human. It emphasizes the importance to maintain a balance of ecosystem. We believe a good home environment should provide easy and full access to clean air and water, should promote a healthy life style, and should provide inspiration for spiritual health.  For planners, architects and landscape designers and engineers, the qualities of harmony, self-reliance, vitality and sustainability are important for creation of new communities.
By habitat, we also emphasize the aspect of environmental stewardship and the need for protecting available resources in society. We feel a urgent need to revitalize existing communities and repairing the sick buildings.
By habitat, we emphasize the interrelationship of built environment and the idea of holistic design approach for projects of any size. Whether the residence is just an apartment duplex, a compound or an entire new town, it is always necessary to design to big-picture principles and relationship.

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