The painting ‘Ascending the river at Qingming Festival’ is used as the fundamental concept. The landmark building on site will house the 3D animated version of this painting, previously displayed at the 2010 world expo, and is expected to draw in huge crowds to the city. Our concept will help local people easily read the cultural meaning of the landscape design. Consequently, this could result in enhancing the cultural value of the scheme, and highlighting the character of Song Dynasty culture which is ‘High Quality and Elegance’.
The concepts of ‘ecological design ‘and ‘design for health’ are also integrated into the landscape. The scheme is aimed as to be a best practice example of roof gardens and spaces for people of all ages.
Central to the design is the large ‘River’ sculpture located along south-east boundary, within pedestrian walk along main roads. It is 160m in length and varies from 6m to 9m. The concept of this giant landscape feature is to abstracti the shape of the river from the painting ‘Ascending the river at Qingming Festival’, and raise it into the air and then turn it vertical to facing the street.
The ‘river’ is supported by steel lighting columns, and arranged in a de-constructing format to create interesting visual rhythm . The water wave lines are pre-curved steel column sections installed on site. The sculpture has been carefully designed to avoid blocking views to the top end retail shops.