Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab

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Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab

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  • Project Name: Emerald Screen Pergola
  • Practice: Wutopia Lab
  • Completion year: 2024
  • Gross Built up Area: 925 ㎡
  • Project Location: Wuxi, Nanchang
  • Country: China
  • Lead Architects/Designer: YU Ting
  • Design Team: Project Architect: MU Zhilin / FANG Xiaobin, AN Yingjie, CAI Zhongming, SHI Wei, SHAO Jie, LI Feiran, ZHANG Licheng
  • Clients: Wuxi Cultural Tourism Development Group Co., Ltd
  • Contractors: Wuxi Taihu Mingzhu Ecological Restoration Co., Ltd
  • Photo Credits: CreatAR lmages
  • Others: Construction Drawing Design Firm: Wuxi Culture and Tourism Construction Development Co., Ltd, LTDChief Planner of W'ECO Design Festival: HOU Zhengguang, SUN Qun, XU Yun, W'ECO Design Festival Planning Firm: Beijing Keyi Cultural & Creative Enterprise Management Co., Ltd, Lighting Consultant: Chloe ZHANG, Featured Models: DAI Ruoyu, FANG Xiaobin
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Excerpt: Emerald Screen Pergola, an architecture project by Wutopia Lab, draws inspiration from cultural symbols and creates a visual focus that integrates nature with space. The project uses the feather-like shape of leaves to create wall and roof structures along a 1.2-kilometer stretch. These structures open, close, stand alone, overlap, and disappear, redefining the trellis corridor design

Project Description

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[Text as submitted by architect] In March 2024, Wutopia Lab’s wandering dragon-like Emerald Screen Pergola was officially unveiled at Bogong Island Ecology Park in Wuxi, China.

Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab
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Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab
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The Emerald Screen Pergola is an important architectural feature in classical Chinese gardens. It is typically constructed from bamboo or wood, forming roofless corridors, pavilions, and walls. Climbing plants are then grown to eventually cover the walls and roofs. This design not only creates a visual focus that integrates nature with space but also fosters a series of cultural activities related to flowers, making it a significant cultural symbol preserved in traditional Chinese paintings. However, as a temporary structure, apart from the flower trellises, most other parts have disappeared from the remains of classical gardens.

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Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab
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Bogong Island originally had a 1.2-kilometer-long steel trellis covered with wisteria and roses. Over time, it fell into disrepair and became unsafe, necessitating a reconstruction. Wutopia Lab used the feather-like shape of leaves as a prototype to create various combinations of wall and roof structures along the 1.2-kilometer stretch. These structures open, close, stand alone, overlap, and even disappear, redefining the previously monotonous design of the trellis corridor. The rich and vibrant interplay of light evokes the image of a Dragon Dance, hence the name “A wandering dragon-like Emerald Screen Pergola”.

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The corridor’s structure uses round steel as its framework, and is covered with steel meshes that have been painted white for plants to climb. Before the plants climb up, it creates a mist-like visual amidst the beautiful scenery.

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The architect decided to design a flower pavilion to serve as both the entrance to the corridor and the park. Similarly, he used the white feather-like steel meshes by stacking them layer by layer to create a central, roofless structure. This would be a semi-transparent Pantheon. Its completion will also mark the grand reopening of Bogong Island Ecology Park.

Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab
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Emerald Screen Pergola | Wutopia Lab
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The current phase, featuring the white transparent Emerald Screen Pergola and the flower pavilion, marks the first stage. The second stage will see plants climbing the corridor to transform it into a green structure. In the third stage, flowers will bloom, with various colors of ivy, jasmine, roses, honeysuckle, roses, and retained wisteria blooming in succession. Thus, this vibrant wandering dragon-like structure will come to life, seemingly ready to take flight in its natural surroundings. This represents Wutopia Lab’s commitment to innovatively modernizing traditional designs using contemporary materials and forms.

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