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New Xi’An Horticultural Expo Center Meanders Like a Network of Blue Streams

Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 5, 2011 @ 6:51 pm In Architecture | No Comments

eco-design, green design, sustainable design, Xi'an Horticultural Expo 2011, Chan-ba ecological district, energy efficiency, greenhouse, China, reclaimed land , recovered ecosystem, landscape

The Guangyun entrance was conceived as a landbridge with a trellis structure that will gradually become overgrown with greenery [1]. After the bridge, the Chang-Ba flower valley meanders like a network of streams that integrates the buildings, landscape and water. The themed pavilion is built to mimic a Chinese character and extends as three fingers cantilevering on top of the lake with landscape running in between. And the greenhouse [2] shows off a mesmerizing variety of both indigenous and foreign plants.

Although the entire expo center sits on land that was restored with two decades of hard ecological recovery work – no doubt very impressive – we would like to see some material reuse for this kind of development. As it is, new bronze, wood, and steel have been used – as far as we can tell – casting a little doubt on the overall sustainability [3] of the greater Chan-ba ecological district.

The 37 ha central ‘Flowing Gardens’ of Xi’an Expo won in a 2009 international competition by Plasma Studio [4] and GroundLab [5] with LAUR Studio [6] (Beijing).

+ Xi’An Horticultural Expo [7]

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[1] overgrown with greenery: http://inhabitat.com/blog-picks-4-10-09/

[2] greenhouse: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/compass-green-a-mobile-greenhouse-powered-by-renewable-energy-for-nyc/

[3] overall sustainability: http://inhabitat.com/

[4] Plasma Studio: http://www.plasmastudio.com/

[5] GroundLab: http://www.groundlab.org/

[6] LAUR Studio: http://sigalonenvironment.soup.io/tag/Flowing%20Gardens

[7] + Xi’An Horticultural Expo: http://en.expo2011.cn/

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