Hotel plaza

2017, Suzhou, China

The landscape of the plaza is a graceful response to its site and its city, just like the signature building of the project. The landscape design aims to be both simple yet bold, green yet open. In order to maximize views towards the tall towers, planting is kept relatively low, dominated by large areas of open lawn. Trees are placed strategically to offer good views and shading where most needed.

Although the landscape is separated into several functions – office plaza, hotel dropoff, residential garden, public green space and a dining area adjacent to the canal – these functions are all seamlessly unified by a single bold paving gesture, which gracefully follows the forms of the buildings, reminiscent of fish swimming through the waves.

Landscape architecture project & Photo credit: WAA International Shanghai Office