Destination park in Guangzhou region
Europe Flower Park
Location: Guangzhou, China
Programme: 68.5 ha flower park including R&D center, green houses, amphitheater, observation towers, cafés, water palace, butterfly center
Flower parks form a new type of leisure destination in China. Unlike their western counterparts however, they combine more and different functions. Next a flower show, they also are cultural venues, a shopping outlet and research facilities – all embedded in a leisure landscape.
Instead of establishing an entirely new landscape setting, the masterplan respects and uses the landscape features inherited – the rolling hills, the flat plains in between, a former quarry and water reservoirs. The flower show and the other functions are embedded in this setting, exaggerating the difference and making a clear distinction between manicured and natural green environments.
With the park receiving thousands of visitors every day, the layout and the allocation of the different functional parts have been arranged in such a way that each part of the part can work independently, allowing for rearrangement of planting in other parts without interruption of public operations. A similar approach has been taken for the day to day servicing of the different facilities which all happens independent and away from the visitor flows.
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Chang Chunyang, Emiel Koole, Brechtje Spreeuwers