Stone apartments appear to float above a lush wetland in Hangzhou
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Xixi Wetland Estate’s built environment is clad in muted blocks of grey stone that make the monolithic apartments recede into the landscape, keeping the focus on the verdant aquatic plantings and water. The 20 apartments are connected by a pedestrian stone walkway flanked with greenery to soften the hard edges. "The apartment buildings are surrounded by a water garden, which, as a reference to the wetland park, is a mostly wild landscape,” write the architects. “In contrast to these green surroundings,...