Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
Lotus Lake Park
Kunshan, Suzhou, China
Integrated Planning Design Inc.
Managing Director: Marius Brits
Design Director: Marius Brits
Senior Designer: Kan Srisawat
Project Manager: Shaopin Gu
Designer: Quan Gao
Lotus Lake Park is the gateway landscape for the revitalized west end of the City of Kunshan, China. Sited between a large commercial thoroughfare and the nationwide high-speed rail corridor, the urban waterfront park offers community and retail facilities, walks, interactive features, sweeping vistas, and overlooks allowing visitors to experience the diversity of Kunshan’s landscape and cultural heritage.
The design makes extensive use of local plant material and the locally renowned Double-headed Lotus. We have positioned large collections of the lotus floating within the lake to present its introspective qualities and used small collections throughout the park to give visitors an intimate experience of the flower. Historically cultivated aquatic plants, grown in an accessible aquaculture display, educate and remind visitors of the plants’ ongoing cultivation and contribution to the region. Finally, the famous Kun Opera is also integrated through facilities of music, song, costume and public stage sets.