Shanghai Cultural Park encompasses two distinct yet complementary components. A necklace of gardens called the Nature Frame is an informal, organic, naturalistic space that gives way to the geometric and urban World Art Square at the center of the park. These dual spaces are surrounded by water, forming an island within an island. The island metaphor is meant to suggest a destination, a place to seek and find cultural and spiritual refreshment.
At the epicenter of the World Art Square, three major cultural elements are arrayed around a grand plaza made of stone and glass. The plaza is conceived of as a stage upon which people and culture are celebrated. Planned to accommodate 40,000 people—the number of people anticipated for events like a world-class art opening or film premier—the plaza may be dramatically lit to create an extraordinary nighttime environment.
The Light Stage, World Art Square and the larger Cultural Park are planned to integrate with the larger urban mosaic of Pudong. Gardens along the west and south provide a pleasant transition to the residential neighborhoods. The significant commercial component of the program is integrated with and arranged to support cultural uses, while reinforcing the urban design of Hunan Road.
Suzhou is home to some of the world's most impressive historical gardens and museums dedicated to ancient Chinese culture, attracting approximately 38 million domestic Chinese tourists each year. In contemporary...