Analysis of Chinese Gardens -Yu Garden , Master of Nets Garden, Lingering Garden
BRL 03 - 01 - 2010

Within the three Chinese gardens we visited, the Yu, Master of Nets, and the Lingering garden, I discovered similarities that tie differing aspects of the gardens to one another. The master plan for the Chinese garden becomes the foundation connecting the visited sites while the unique qualities of each place builds upon the framework to enrich the identities of each garden. The three gardens are all located in dense urban areas sheltered from everyday life by the protection of exterior walls. Each garden speaks a similar language to outsiders and those who are invited to enter. The humbling exterior walls are not intrusive to the context, only reaching the height of neighboring dwellings. They become submissive to the sea of compact built forms, blending in. Once inside the exterior shell, smaller scale walls frame out the garden spaces. The interior walls from garden to garden are unique to each site we visited. In the Yu garden carved out bold shapes within solid walls lead visitors to the next space giving framed views of the spaces beyond. The Master of Nets garden gives the experience of traveling the wall’s path not crossing through. Covered paths separate the exterior garden spaces allowing the visitors to walk through the walls. The garden landscapes all have elements of earth, water and built forms but the arrangement varies between the gardens. Tying elements water, rock and vegetation all contrast the structured walls and enclosed rooms but still remain harmonious. Built form and nature begin to overlap giving in to one another. Reflections on the water extend views of the rock, structure, and the sky. The structure also seems to be growing or breaking through the earth. The Yu garden was the most formal interpretation. In the garden direct paths lead to compositional views, with layering of water, rock, vegetation, and structure. In the Lingering garden an informal approach is taken. Many path choices are given to make one’s own experience. Also in this informal garden the paths are secondary to the landscape weaving through groves and along the water’s edge rather than cut across from corner to corner like experienced in the Yu garden. Side Image- Plan of Master of the Nets garden showing built vs. open spaces. Lower Image- thumbnail of reflections of built form and rock in the water.

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