TOWNLAND in association with Suzhou Zhuyuan Landscape Planning & Design Co were selected for a Landscape Design Competition for the Huanxiu Lake Area within the Suzhou High-Speed Rail (“HSR”) New Town.
Huanxiu Lake is located in the core area of the Suzhou HSR Commercial New Town. The surrounding area of the Lake is where the commercial and cultural facilities of the Suzhou HSR New Town are concentrated. The central green ring around the Huanxiu Lake is an integral part of the landscape system for the HSR New Town. A proposed large-scale Waterfront Park will become the icon of the New Town and has a pivotal role in highlighting the ecological features of the New Town.
The design intent behind the scheme proposed by TOWNLAND is centred on the concept of an “Urban Living Room”. The Design Team made use of the special site conditions and created 3 distinct districts and 10 special scenic areas around the Lake. The Waterfront Park with plaza and generous landscape treatment are proposed at the waterfront area as a key node where residents can interact and get close to nature. A reduced speed traffic system and a water transport system are seamlessly integrated into the landscape design. With the aid of a night lighting system, the Lake will become the blue sapphire of the Suzhou HSR New Town, connecting the “3 districts and 10 scenic areas”, to become a living room full of energy and romance. SECOND PRIZE was AWARDED to TOWNLAND.