Wutopia Lab creates dreamlike minimalist forest in Huzhou - architecture and design

Wutopia Lab creates dreamlike minimalist forest in Huzhou



A three-petal motif is repeated as canopies, skylights and screen perforations across this ethereal landscape by Wutopia Lab, located outside a sales office in Huzhou, China.
The temporary White Upland project spans 3,296 square metres of land beside a sales centre for the Shanghai Huijian Investment Co in Zhejiang province, west of Wutopia Lab's home city Shanghai.
The White Upland temporary landscape occupies a lot beside a sales centre
Studio founder, architect Yu Ting, used this opportunity to create an "anti-generic" space that could act as "a communal place; a surreal garden where people around this neighbourhood, as well as people from Huzhou, could come to enjoy".
The scheme is split into two main sections ? one circular and one pill-shaped in plan ? both surrounded by 529 evenly spaced, six-metre-high white steel posts topped with lights. Where the shapes overlap, a perforated pavilion rises from their outlines, dividing the two areas. The architects intended to create an "anti-generic" landscape for visitors to enjoy
On the route from the entrance to the main building, visitors are encouraged to meander past or through a series of spatial experiences.
"In White Upland, you can shrink like Alice in Wonderland," said Wutopia Lab's project description.
The sequence of spaces begins in the Ink Garden
This journey begins in the Ink Garden, contained within the circular area that is planted with 16 Japanese maple trees.
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