Yunling Mountain Golf Residential Community - Kunming, Yunnan, China
The golf residential neighborhood, surrounded by the Rees Jones designed golf links, is the larger of the first two phases at the Yunling Mountain Golf Resort and was developed as both a second home and permanent home neighborhood. The district is enriched by a large number of golf course frontage lots, numerous parks and open spaces, and alternative transportation walks, paths, and trails. The neighborhood concept was based on the separation of sub-neighborhoods from each other by natural features of the site such as a wooded ravine, a central agriculturally terraced park in a broad natural valley, a preserve of steep land forested with Yunnan and Huashan pine, and a natural glade of those trees that connects to nearby public open space. Included in the neighborhood are three feature amenity buildings. The first is an athletic clubhouse for swimming, tennis, fitness, and dance studios. The second is a market center of small shops and daily services with underground parking. The third is a retreat center located near a wild area and trails that is suitable for conferences and ecological education. A fourth center was considered for on-site recycling and re-processing of glass, metal, wood and paper with the idea of a crafts center for making hardware and other furnishings for community buildings. The steep slopes of the site were addressed with 4 and 5 meter road widths to reduce grading and villa gardens with walls integrated with the buildings and the site to create private outdoor areas for residents.