IDPA Japan Design Award

International Design Pioneer Award
International Design Pioneer Award


by Xing Yunxin, Wang Shengdong, Huang Chentuo

Projet Description

The project location is Suriname, South America with 26,037 square meters of total area, while the construction area is 19,868 square meters, and the landscape area is 19,976 square meters.
Due to historical development, Suriname is a place with unique customs and reflects diversity in races, languages, and religions. The climate of Suriname is a tropical rainforest climate, with an average annual temperature of 23-27°C. Moreover, Surinamese prefer outdoor activities.
During the landscape design of this hotel, we have to consider these aspects: tourists from neighboring countries, local citizens, sustainability, local customs, etc. However, the impact of the epidemic is also an important aspect that needs to consider, for example, what do people need during the epidemic, and how will people's attitudes and activities change after the epidemic?
Because of the epidemic, we were unable to go to the project site to observe and experience the site environment, local customs, and the living habits of the Surinamese, so we had to communicate with the client many times. After several detailed conversations, we decided to create an outdoor space corresponding to the hotel building with multiple activities and functions. This open space can reflect the passion and vibrancy of Surinamese, giving a wave-like of smoothness.
The venue has created a recognizable entrance etiquette space, scenery swimming pool, beach, leisure bars, tree-shaded Fam, and raft houses. We took advantage of the vertical height difference of the venue to install a double-layer swimming pool that can meet the needs of families with children with a green land to connect with the surrounding green environment. People could have many choices in the spot that it owns different kinds of space for activities and sightseeing. By creating a beach with natural scenery, an open lounge, and wooden trellis near the bank of the Suri River, people could take a quiet rest by enjoying the beautiful river view, or organize lively parties and activities in the open air. We hope that the wider beach and beautiful Suri River will become multifunctional for various activities.
One of the important aspects of the design is making the best use of local plants to reflect an original local charm. We found some photo data related to Suriname and also consulted related materials in neighboring countries (Brazil, Guyana). We compared the Asian tropical rainforest plants with the South American rainforest plants, then selected some corresponding links to formulate measures for green design and implementation. In addition, the plants at all levels necessary to create the site environment will be classified according to the structure of the plants and provided to the subsequent on-site staff in the form of charts from specifications, shape requirements, ornamental requirements, etc. Those specially selected green vegetation achieved an environment with original local charm in the project.

Xing Yunxin, Wang Shengdong, Huang Chentuo

In 1999, she graduated from the China Academy of Art, specializing in environment art design. From 2003 to 2004, she was in the exchange program of the China-Japan Friendship Association of Construction Technology of The Central Committee of the Communist Young League in Fukushima, Japan.
She was engaged in interior design from 1999 to 2003 and started landscape design after 2005.
Her design focuses on the idea of "regional connection, site connection, sustainability, and accommodation". She regards the connection between landscape with the surrounding environment and architecture, creating a unique spatial atmosphere and visual impact of a landscape with a concise design method. She considers the familiarity of the landscape to the users, and at the same time, it will make users perceive a fascinating way of experiencing the whole scene.

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