Banyan Tree Lijiang
Location: Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Typology: Landscape | Resort
Awards: SILA 2007, Silver
The landscaping for this 5-star luxury spa resort near the historic city of Lijiang, China echoes the culture, ecosystem, and history of the 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage old town site. From the water and granite fountain at the entrance plaza, the gently flowing streams along the footpath to the delicately-scaled private villa courtyards reminiscent of the individual family plots of the original old city, the design is fully committed to preserving the old world charm by transporting the resort’s patrons to another world of space and time.
Architectural elements of 16th century Lijiang, such as pathways, courtyards, bridges, and waterways, seamlessly enhance and integrate with the modern offerings of this 21st century Resort.
Willow tree-lined waterways are a throwback to the trading days of the city where bustling natural freshwater streams were the lifeline of the land. The soft scape is divided into various rectangular sized plots with planting echoing the scale of the many local granite and rammed earth walls. Local plants and grasses accent the gardens, sustaining the flow of life in this slice of modern heaven on an ancient earth.