Landscape architecture firm Martha Schwartz Partners recently completed Fengming Mountain Park, a dynamic landscape filled with eye-catching red metal sculptures in Chongqing, China. Built as a demonstration park, the landscape is designed to catalyze economic investment in the growing district. The park's giant perforated sculptures allude to the city's mountainous backdrop, while the use of bright orange hues create a visual contrast to the surrounding greenery.
Fengming Mountain Park is located on a site with steep slopes, so Martha Schwartz Partners turned the topographic challenge into an opportunity to create a sequential, linear narrative that leads visitors directly “down the mountain” to the sales center situated at the lowest part of the site. Starting at the arrival car park at the highest point in the park, red and orange mountain-like sculptures draw the visitor further into the landscape. Each sculpture is playfully bent and angled to give the impression of dancers in movement.
To mitigate the extreme level change, a series of zigzag paths lined with balustrade walls slow the descent and provide ever-changing views of the landscape. Water is used as a prominent theme – it cascades down the mountain-like landscape into various features including channels, pools and jets. The mountain pavilions are lit at night and double as giant glowing lanterns.
Images via Martha Schwartz Partners