Thousand Lantern Lake Park System
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Water-based Urban Park Enhances Civic and Commercial District

Location Nanhai

Client Guangdong Nanhai Planning Bureau

Scope Urban Design, Planning

Size 97 hectares


Winner, 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award

"City of Lights," Nanhai's #1 attraction, creates nighttime destination

North-south axis for urban living honors feng shui

Existing trees preserved and integrated into design

Grand arcades provide shade and seating

Classical tea pavilions surrounded by water

Nanhai Citizen’s Plaza and Thousand Lantern Lake Park exemplifies the exciting and innovative opportunities for master planning and urban design in new international communities. The site is located in the newly established city of Nanhai, and consists of a commercial precinct, public parks, and civic buildings arranged around a series of lakes and waterways. The waterways act as the connecting element between the larger site, providing transportation networks that run through the entire park. The centerpiece of the park, Citizen’s Plaza on Thousand-Lantern Lake, provides an active public gathering space that transitions from day to night with unique streetscape and lighting elements. The relatively blank canvas allowed for SWA to create a master plan that will be able to grow over time and inspire and connect the city of Nanhai well into the future.

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