Jiangkou is located on the peninsula where Nanhe and Fuhe converge in Pengshan District, Meishan City. The two rivers play a vital role in this project. The site is adjacent to the Pengzu Mountain in the east and visually connects to Pengshan City in the south, possessing the unique landscape pattern of Zuoshui-Guanshan-Wangcheng. It is affected by the cultural influences of the first town along the Minjiang River, which gradually became the bridgehead of Chengmei.
The sample of Jiangkou represents the image of the “front living room”, and will apply the concept on the entire town in the future. Therefore, the opening of the island is more like an early spoiler of Jiangkou and is a strong spiritual transmission as well. We are looking for the cultural heritage through the past of Jiangkou. Here we can hear people’s shouts in the Wuyang teahouses. We can see the hundreds of boats passing the riversides and thousands of bright lights on the illuminated dock shining in the night sky. The Jiangkou culture was once the water transport gateway for commerce and trade in the Western Sichuan Plain.
As a comprehensive cultural tourism and resort project created by Global Sunac, Jiangkou will include the Future City. With water as its soul, the project integrates into the construction of the Jinjiang Green Axis to create a leisurely bay that includes a characteristics water town, historical heritage, cultural tourism, and ecological housing. On the Western Sichuan Plain, the site inherits the life of the water city and reproduces the thousand-year-old historic Jiangkou.
A travel to heart of Peng Xiaozhou
There is a legend in Jiangkou. A Taoist immortal entrusted Peng Zu with a dream, asking him to find a place to cultivate his body and practice his mind. Peng Zu traveled through thousands of places and finally found it at the confluence of tributaries at the end of the Yangtze River. The fairyland’s water is silky as cloth, the landscape is splendid, and the dock is brightly lit. The place is Jiangkou.
Later, Peng Zu’s beard was transformed to Peng Xiaozhou, as an elf guarding the estuary for generations. Here, the elf tells people its “three dreamlands”.
The first dream: the first search— the ferry fishermen look for the scene
The fisherman’s place at the ferry is Peng Xiaozhou’s first dreamland. When he first searched for the realm of a landscape where the flying cruises, fertile fields, and shining waves exist, he saw blue tiles and gray bricks upon the water surface. He could feel the time and space of the ancient charm. Standing at the pier and watching the village looming in the mist, he started the prologue of his journey.
The second dream: back to brocade brocade wandering
Coming from the riverbank, Peng Xiaozhou entered the second dreamland. Crossing the small bluestone bridge, Peng Xiaozhou walked into the allies. The texture of the gray-tone slabs made the whole picture poetic.
The crowds will not disturb the quietness beside the stream. Sitting beside the featured streets of western Sichuan, among the group of people, they suddenly travel through the millennium.
People stop and look for a leisurely courtyard, smell a scent of ink, hold a cup of tea, listen to a clean song, and forget the noise and disturbance.
From dusk till dawn, in the houses and retails, on the stone path, people are hearing the lightly pacing and smelling the fragrance of wine.
When dusk falls, thousands of houses are shining like fire trees and silver flowers in the night sky. The small bridge erected by the simple bluestone connects the waterfront and the town. A flatboat is quietly floating along the waterfront.
The third dream: sichuan shou – qingye yaqi heart search
After prosperity, Peng Xiaozhou entered the third dreamland. This is at the other end of the bustling water street, on a pure land where the heart is cultivated. The clear and elegant habitats with houses of blue bricks and gray tiles are spreading the cooking smoke.
The rhythmic combination of blue bricks, emblems, and tiles forms a porch with stone walls in a quiet and peaceful courtyard.
In the center of the courtyard is a gallery pavilion above the stream. The stream ripple slaps against the bank with delicate rhythms. The courtyard of mountain stone and the light breeze give the space a sense of leisure and elegance.
Approaching the temple, the roads are narrow and the trees are tall. The lush landscape provides space for staying and meditation. Outside are the flowers blooming, and inside are the tranquility and poetry.
The dream is gradually faded. The beauty of truth is revealed after thousands of practice. Experiencing the vastness of the land and the prosperity of the city, Jiangkou finds its true heart in the green fields. Jiangkou welcomes the people who arrive with a leisurely attitude. Then, the elf, Peng Xiaozhou, is always watching this dreamlike town.
The construction of Jiangkou
Regardless of the changes of time and space, the orderly plants and traditional paving are more like the soul of life in the water town. Therefore, plants and paving are the two elements that in harmony with the Western Sichuan culture and run through the design. Restores the plant communities in the countryside of western Sichuan,Differentiating the urban planting design, we brought the nature and wilderness of the countryside of western Sichuan to Jiangkou. We searched the countryside to capture the most primitive appearance of the plants, just to restore the pure western Sichuan nature.
Different from traditional real estate, wild plants are full of natural affinities, such as Farfugium japonicum, Panda Pansy, Blechnum orientale Linn, Curculigo capitulata, Nandin. They have narrowed the distance between people and the earth. We enrich the planting levels. Without too much manual pruning and post-maintenance, the plants are free to grow up.
Restores the traditional paving technology of western Sichuan
Paving is a silent expression of the Wisdom Style. The combination of nature and law breaks the perfection of the rules. The marble is inadvertently transformed into a naturally rough texture.
Jiangkou shines like a pearl at the confluence of the two rivers. An unchangeable ancient tale formed by the regional culture passes through the connection of time and space. It is the continuation of history, and also a cultural dialogue. Jiangkou is the guardian of tranquility and nature, preserving prosperity for the next millennium.
Project Name: Global Sunac · Jiangdrool Town
Completion year: April 2021
Location: Meishan, Sichuan Province
Party A: Global Sunac Exhibition Tourism Group
Party A’s team: Xu Jie, Shunxin Tan, Mengqiu Duan , Lin Yu
Landscape Design: Sichuan LEDA Landscape Design Co., Ltd
Design team: Zhang Bin,Jiangfan Xia, Mingfeng Yu, Lele Chen, Yixiao Su, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Hongbang Zou, Limei Wen, Lihong Liu, Yongsheng Li, Zou Lu, Cheng Rong, Liu Chan, Wenxuan Luo, Chenjing Xiao, Fangrui Su
Construction unit: Sichuan Tianyi Landscaping Engineering Co., Ltd
Logo Design: Shanghai Baixi Logo Co., Ltd
Business atmosphere packaging: chengdu resi advertising co., LTD
Photographer: XF – Photography, Fanjing photography