Healing Through “Qi” and “Earth”: The Gardens of Panzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital

Sandy Garden, photo by Jing studio

Project Brief

The design team first analyzed the functional relationships among the hospital’s building clusters then worked to connect its landscape nodes in support of pedestrian flow. The team aimed to create a design representing the harmony between nature and humans through three strategies: 1) creating a practical and humanistic environment based on the relationship among building clusters; 2) establishing interactions between humans and nature in each garden; and 3) using native materials, including rusty rock slabs, rubble, crushed stones, and scenery stones, to tie in the local landscape. The design further incorporated Chinese medicinal concepts by using herbal plants and abstracting acupuncture and

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