Crosswaters Ecolodge and Spa

Landscape Design

Guangdong Province, S China

Crosswaters Ecolodge is located in Nankun Shan Nature Reserve, Guongdong Province, South China and is 1 ½ hours northeast by road from Guangzhou. The Reserve lies within the boundaries of the Nankun Mountain Forest Park, a mountainous terrain which consists mainly of semi-temperate forests and bamboo plantations.

HM Design President – Hitesh Mehta was the Project Manager (at EDSA) for the Landscape Site Analysis, Planning and Design. The Site planning celebrates the rich garden history of China where Hitesh researched and analyzed ancient Chinese gardens i.e. Tao, Shouzhou and Imperial Gardens i.e summer place, Forbidden City to understand the relationships between inside-outside and cosmic orientations of buildings and gardens. This research was then used in the planning and design of the various gardens which include a Lotus Garden, a Reflective Moon Garden, a Water-Lilly Garden, a Sculpture Garden, an Organic Vegetable and Fruit Garden. A lot of the site building materials are recycled and reused eg. boardwalks are made of railway ties, roof tiles are from already demolished buildings (by locals) in the village. Local craftsmen were brought in to help with all the rammed earth wall and bamboo fence and pond spouts construction.

“2011 “”Florida American Society of Landscape Architect’s (FLASLA) Environmental Sustainability Honor Award to Crosswaters Ecolodge and Spa, China 2011 “”Florida American Society of Landscape Architect’s (FLASLA) Award of Excellence in the Resort and Entertainment Category to Crosswaters Ecolodge and Spa, China 2011 “”Florida American Society of Landscape Architect’s (FLASLA) Award of Excellence in the Planning and Analysis Category to Crosswaters Ecolodge, China 2010 “”American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) General Design Honor Award” for Crosswaters Ecolodge and Spa, China 2009 “China Best Design Hotels Awards” for ‘Best Concept Hotel’ and ‘Judges Choice’ to Crosswaters Ecolodge and Spa, Shanghai, China 2006 “”American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA)” Research and Site Analysis Award”” for Crosswaters Ecolodge, China”