The master plan for the redevelopment of Mayland Lake, a reserve comprising roughly 1,600 acres of rolling hills and woodlands surrounding a large lake, calls for the vitalization of a sleepy pastoral area located less than one hour from Guangzhou, China. The plan developed by Overland is an environmentally sustainable model that is already bringing an active community life to a region that was previously underutilized and largely uninhabited.
Overland was enlisted to create a master plan that would attract a permanent community as well as visitors to the area. The firm’s approach was to provide a plan that would be highly sustainable, and which would offer a rich and active lifestyle for people of all ages and backgrounds. The design team approached the problem by first asking, “How do we diversify the site to remake the community?” To begin, it was necessary to study the complexities of the Chinese market and patterns of daily life and space usage, which differ greatly from customs in the United States. Additionally, environmental conditions, such as how to control stormwater runoff, were taken into consideration.
Creating A Sense Of Place