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Lotus Park / Studio 505

Lotus Park / Studio 505
Courtesy of Studio 505
Courtesy of Studio 505

Australian architects and designers Studio 505 are currently completing a series of iconic projects in a new cultural precinct in Victoria’s ‘sister state’ Jiangsu Province in China.

Located in Wujin in the Changzhou precinct, the 3.5 hectare Lotus Park has been designed to be occupied throughout the year with festivals and functions throughout the day and night. The design establishes a clear and active programme of functions and includes the W Gallery, a new museum of contemporary art and many new entertainment and restaurant venues. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programmes are key to the establishment and success of the park programme. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Also within the Lotus Park site sits the Wujin Planning and Exhibition Centre – set for a magical and stunning facelift with the addition of the Lotus Conference Centre. Set on an existing artificial lake, the complex shows the three stages of the lotus flower and houses exhibition spaces and conference rooms. The Lotus Conference Centre will become an iconic attraction symbolizing the growth and prosperity of Wujin.

Courtesy of Studio 505
Courtesy of Studio 505

Situated next to The Lotus is ‘Phoenix Valley’, The Wujin Grand Theatre and Youth Palace. A new cultural icon and hub housing the new Wujin Grand Theatre for 1000 patrons, a cinema complex, sports halls, and educational youth palace for 4,000 students. The complex is covered with a green roof and solar panels and is targeting China’s highest rating in sustainability. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programs are key to the establishment and success of the park program.

Courtesy of Studio 505
Courtesy of Studio 505

The interior design of the phoenix valley project establishes that the key spaces are envisaged as fields – worlds within which the occupant resides. The common themes allow for the great range of difference in the areas, and the functional character and simplicity of the building to preside.

Courtesy of Studio 505
Courtesy of Studio 505

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Lotus Park / Studio 505" 25 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/171389/lotus-park-studio-505/> ISSN 0719-8884
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