Water-Based Urban Park Enhances a District 
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DETAILS

LocationNanhai, China
ClientGuangdong Nanhai Planning Bureau
Size97 hectares

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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