IO designed a “Floating Garden” in Changzhou West Tai Lake


The project is located in the West Tai Lake’s Ecological and Leisure area, positioned to be one of the most important vacation resorts in the Delta Region of Yangtze River.  The 31,000,000 sqm of development will form a modern leisure and commercial community, providing an iconic luxury hotel, serviced apartments, conference centers, offices and public spaces.  Construction is anticipated to start from the end of 2012.

"Given the unique geography of the site, situating along the 14 km coastline of Lanyue Bay, the client has given us a vision to create a garden setting environment in order to help increasing the public spaces surrounding the lake”, says Ted Givens, Design Partner of IO.

The masterplan design was inspired by the local craft of bamboo carving and the aerodynamic shapes of modern boat design.  The buildings are all curved to reflect the fluidity of the lake.  

Architectural design and planning arrangement respond both to its surrounding environment and the site itself. Careful consideration was paid to zoning and building arrangement within the site to maximize views and ventilation to all buildings, while at the same time retaining the existing view & breeze corridors. The concept of green design is further implemented via the introduction of green spaces above ground plane.

The MLP design is centered around 6 main design objectives: 

 To create an iconic high rise building facing the lake. 
2) Arranging the buildings so they do not to block the view of the lake from properties located behind/north of the site. 
3) Minimize impact of shadows cast by towers on sites to the north of the MLP site.
4) To seamlessly integrate the retail and F+B facilities with the existing park to the east to help support the existing park and pull visitors into the MLP site. 
5) To provide each of the new residential units with views of the lake. 
6) To maximize the possibility of cross ventilation for the buildings and to maintain lake breezes in all the garden areas. 


Location  Changzhou, China

Site Area  132,298 sqm

GFA  304,285 sqm

Function  Hotel, Serviced Apartment,   Commercial, Office

Design Team10 DESIGN

Designer PartnerTED GIVENS

Team Ted Givens, Adam Wang, Adrian Yau, Audrey Ma, Peby Pratama, Yao Ma

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