London based architect David Chipperfield has completed a series of stone apartments raised on plinths above the surface of a water garden in Hangzhou, eastern China. This park stands on the outskirts of the city, which is located at one end of the world’s longest artificial waterway, the Grand Canal.
“The omnipresent relationship between landscape, architecture, and water is key to the atmosphere in Xixi,” said the firm. “This atmosphere has been integrated into a new development of apartment buildings.”
“In contrast to these green surroundings, the buildings appear as dark stone volumes embedded in the water garden,” said David Chipperfield Architects. “They are, as is typical for villages in Xixi, placed on a stone plinth that sits in the water.”