A city shared by ordinary people and “sages”
-Ideal life at the other side of the bridge·Citied Utopia Huangshan North Station, a small railroad station, was once the center of Huangshan City in the days when there was no high-speed railway. Tunxi Old Street and Huayang Water Street are located less than two kilometers away to its southeast and southwest respectively. In addition to cargo transportation, Huangshan North Station still retains partial of passenger transportation function-green painted trains to Shanghai, the hoot of which carried the dreams of people in this small town to the prosperous metropolis.
While today, the green mountains and water around this town have become Arcadia for urbanites.
The Citied Utopia is located just north of Huangshan Railway Station, surrounded by the ecological green core of Jinzhu Mountain, physically separated from the central city by the railway. Looking back from the Jinzhu
Bridge across the rails, you will see a city being ablaze with lights. A bridge separates the worldly life from the ideal life, just one step away.Huangshan, called Huizhou in ancient time, is both the hometown of Huizhou
merchants, and the birthplace of Huizhou culture. Citied Utopia is located at the core of the ecological green core of Jinzhu Mountain in Huangshan, and enjoys superior natural resources of mountains, water, forest and spring. At the same time，it integrates the former sites of Huangshan Institute of Forestry Science and a supply base of China National Aviation Fuel (CNAF), and is committed to building an ecological, recreational and holidaying
cultural tourism destination in a natural area of 2000 mu.
After passing through Jinzhu Bridge, you will enter Citied Utopia and see two paths extending into the main area of the project. A “heavenly road” running through the mountains reaches directly the southern part of the project. It is about 600 meters long, bridging along the valley, with natural mountains on both sides that are always green.
The other path connects a series of supporting facilities related to the project. Near the entrance of Citied Utopia, there is an experience center for special dining and parent-child activities, a conference center for 1,000 people to hold large-scale events, and DISCOVERY, a non-powered adventure park renovated from the former site of CNAF supply base. The green corridor is about 500 meters long, interspersed with pavilion and other Chinese architectural elements, mountain shadows and clear springs. Gradually, you will find that you are passing from the busy life of worldly people to the secluded garden of the literati. At the end of the green corridor, there is a landscape tunnel. When you walk through and arrive the exit of the tunnel, you will see a natural col, where the mountain springs come down, first moderate and then setting themselves free. Go on walking, you will arrive the Banyan Tree GARRYA Hotel and the Spa Center, which was renovated from the former Institute of Forestry Science. Highend relaxation and holiday services are available there. Go ahead for about 200 meters along the valley formed by the mountains on both sides, you will arrive the main area of the project.
The first thing that comes into view in the main area is the Tea Mountain located in the center of the site. The tea mountain, wetlands and buffaloes together compose an idyllic pastoral picture for visitors, quite like the scenario of “Peach Blossom Shangri-la”: “After a dozen steps, it opened into a flood of light. He saw before his eyes a wide, level valley, with houses and fields and farms. There were bamboos and mulberries". Centering on the tea mountain, the main area of Citied Utopia extends to the north and south at the same time. Cloud Lake, Yunshui Peak and Tea Mountain build up the landscape structure of the main area. In the main area of Citied Utopia, the terrain is varied, with raised hills, low-lying valleys, as well as relatively flat terraces. With different techniques, the designers respond to the different topographical conditions on site, allowing the architecture to integrate with nature. Drawing on the characteristics of villages in the Huizhou region, the buildings are formed into different groups, creating staggered villages.
With the principle of respect for nature and protection of ecosystem, Citied Utopia sorts out, integrates and
reconstructs the various scattered and unrelated point-like fragments and resources in the area to build a diversified ecological cultural tourism resort community with means of planning, architecture and landscape. Although being hidden in the mountains and forests, Citied Utopia is in the midst of the city's prosperity- the natural resources of the green core and the supporting and transportation facilities of the city enable Citied Utopia to improve its own system on one hand, and become part of the natural, cultural and green supporting
service system of Huangshan City on the other.
Base area: 3,332,545.29 square meters
Building area: 155,492 square meters
Plot ratio: 0.88
JUND Division 1——Architecture
Architect Director: Shen Peng
Project Director: Zhang Qiang
Chef Architect: Li Lixin, Liu Mengshi
Architect: Wen Menghan, Lin Na, Li Han, Cui Hao, Liu Tianyang