Project: Taikang Community Xiang Garden Stage 1
Award: Healthcare, Silver, 2023
Location: Changsha, China
Architect: Jackson Teece
Client: Taikang Healthcare Investment Holdings
Taikang Community Xiang Garden project is one of a series of flagship Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) located in key cities throughout China. It aspires to create high quality, innovative facilities that support local culture.
The architect’s design ethos draws inspiration from the local landscape and architectural vernacular, establishing a sense of place and cultural connection. The clubhouse, central plaza and connecting walkways feature organically arranged timber colour columns which reference the local Yuelu Mountain forest, integrating the landscape and architecture to blur the interface with the natural environment. The consistent use of familiar materials; including local grey brick and a traditional tile roof construction, acts as a common thread through the design and evokes a sense of nostalgia for the residents.
An engaging “folded roof” form identifies the entry to the site. This “folded roof” connects the collection of main clubhouse buildings which circle the central plaza, activating the heart of the community. The main community club house and plaza are surrounded by smaller satellite communities serviced by secondary clubhouses, breaking down the development into smaller communities resulting in a comfortable walkable development.
LEAD ARCHITECT: Daniel Hudson
ENGINEERING: China CEC Engineering Corporation
LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Hope Design Interior