Text description provided by the architects. Guangzhou Siyou Vanke Center is located at the intersection of Guangzhou Street and the former waterway of the Pearl River. Within the viewing distance of the Canton Tower, it is surrounded by many municipal, cultural and commercial attractions. SWA led the planning and landscape design of the project. Sushui Design cooperated with UAP to carry out detailed design, production and installation
The artwork looks like a sail floating in the water at a slightly tilted angle, or a piece of paper blown by the breeze. The water flows softly and covers the upper surface of the entire artwork. Such a light and flexible shape made of solid stainless steel is self-contradictory. Without water, the sense of agility may be limited only by the outward form of the sculpture. But when the mirror-like reflection of stainless steel meets water, grace will be enhanced in an elegant and subtle way. Under the sun, you will find the bright, shimmering waves relaxing and fun.
Sushui’s primary tasks in this project can be divided into three parts. The first is to make the water flow evenly over the surface of the finely irregular artwork. The second is the overall balance of artistic factors to control the extreme lightness of the artwork. And finally, coordinate with the production company to complete the construction of this watercolor artwork together perfectly.
First and foremost, in order to achieve the effect of evenly flowing water, the team used an advanced method for fluid simulation. After repeatedly reviewing a 1:1 scale model, the team balanced the design and technical difficulties of a achievable solution through multiple simulations. As seen from the image below, the result of a fluid simulation of the original sculpture indicated that with the water flowing along the fastest path, the edge of the sculpture could not be reached. This problem was solved by modifying the shape and size of the boundary plate for each step, and by multiplying and dispersing the water inlets to obtain a better distributed water flow.
In addition, Sushui pursued technical solutions on a final small scale for the lightness and beauty of the artwork with water effects being achieved at the same time. Working closely with the UAP, the team determined the exact hole locations on the pipe girders and the locations of the water inlets on the model’s irregular surface. This was to ensure that the mechanical and engineering equipment of the water feature fit perfectly into the structure and facade of the artwork at the smallest scale.
Moreover, water resistance has become a particularly difficult problem during the sculpture’s fabrication and installation process. Two potential sources of water seepage were the massive amount of seams and barely 100 star holes scattered throughout the surface, which could compromise the stability and uniformity of the water film and thus overall aesthetics. Regarding the joint problem, Sushui and the UAP team explored various joint methods several times, and finally effectively reduced the water leakage. For starlight holes, Sushui custom mini lights, tested hole diameters with silicone light protectors in different sizes to prevent water leakage.
All in all, a unique design plan, exquisite digital technology methods, exquisite artwork processing, reasonable and innovative system design, millimeter-level building technology, as well as customer coordination and support, the efforts of countless people have been intensified into the art piece, which inspired People to perceive, communicate and memory the space of this watercolor artwork.