Heart touching moments found here, with respect to the beauty of the city and its people. Annual rings of trees increase with time. Every circle carries the story of the time, and is rooted in the memory of its surroundings. When combined together, they form aesthetic patterns, which embody the beauty of time.
Project Name: MUSAE’S LAUREL GARDEN
Interior Design: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)
Location: Guangzhou, China
Area: 1,100 m2
Completion Time: December 2019
Photo Credit: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)
Taking “tree ring” as the concept, CCD turned MUSAE’S LAUREL GARDEN into a place that creates and recordswonderful memories. Like a tree, it coexists with four seasons, silently watches people come and go, listens to and witnesses what happens under the tree, and records the stories here via its “annual rings”.
The geometric building is characterized by undulating pitched roofs. With points, lines and planes interweaving, it’s like a simplistic yet aesthetic “time box” which blends into its natural surroundings and the city. The foyer is reorganized in combination with the garden and architecture. Artworks featuring wooden mortise-and-tenon structures are brought in to create a unique experience and first impression.
Life is full of changes. Time records the moments we have experienced, which often echo with our minds. The space is created not merely to serve the current moment, but also to preserve the wonderful memories here as time goes by. People come, and spend enjoyable time here, which will be engraved in their memories after they leave.
The space has a 13-meter-high ceiling, with orderly full-height screens creating a sense of formality. Just like the doors of a time tunnel, these screens lead people to a world where they can totally relax and set the mind free. The design touches the heart, and the space accommodates moments. Every moment spent here will become a meaningful part of the memory. The full-height wall and bookshelf provide a stage for sunlight, which moves freely on the surface and generates playful shadows.
The design connects nature with emotional feelings, brings in order and the play of light and shadows, and creates the contrast of the old and new, in order to interpret the meaning of time. The archaized brushed bronze and the modern glass bricks generate the dialogue between the old and new, it signifies the flow of time and the passage of life.
The interior also uses low wall and adopts the concept of “room in room” that is usually applied in tea house, planting bamboos on the periphery, which enriches the layering of the space and highlights its towering storey height. Besides, the scenery of the outdoor bamboo grove is brought in, which generates a refreshing and oriental-style elegant atmosphere.
Why are we always in a hurry every day? Perhaps we can treat our time from a new perspective. Don’t worry that past time never comes back, since the memories have been already imprinted in our minds. This space allows us to temporarily stay away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, listen to the voice of our inner mind, enjoy and preserve the wonderful moments here, which will soothe our soul and help us to get through tiring days.
Cheng Chung Design
CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK) was founded by Mr. Joe Cheng. Mr. Cheng is an outstanding designer who specializes in hospitality design and who has worked with most of the high-end international hotel brands. CCD’s elite team, with its detailed design knowledge, international experience, and management skills, is poised to provide top quality services and product to its clients. The diverse background of the team and its technological expertise allows it to keep abreast of new directions and innovations in the industry. CCD is ranked as#3 in Hospitality Giants 100 featured in US Interior Design magazine in October 2013—the only Asian design firm to break into Top 75. Besides, CCD won the “Asian 500” and it is the first design brand on the list.
Since establishment, CCD has received over 65 top-notched international design awards including the highest honor in the interior design field – ‘Gold Key Awards’, becoming the first Chinese interior designer who has won a grand slam in the hospitality design field.
CCD has always been the icon in the hospitality design field, with the whole industry chain operation mode (pre-consultant, architectural design, interior design, to electromechanical, lighting, logo, softcover, art, etc.) covering hotel, corporate, commercial complex, and high-end residential design. Actively innovate commercial and luxury home design, and create a smart home design laboratory to integrate the latest scientific and technological research and development results, applying to the in-depth development of CCD interior design.
Since its establishment, CCD has successively provided interior design and consulting services for more than 20 international hotel management groups, such as Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group, Accor, Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Alila, Diaoyutai MGM, Wyndham, more than 50 international brands and more than 100 luxury hotels. CCD will continue to encourage the development of hospitality design in China.