Tianjin Culture Park | Landscape
International landscape design competition 1st Prize and subsequent design commission
The underlying master plan of the area designed by RhineScheme (first prize winner of the international urban planning competition) focused on the Culture Park itself.
The goal of the master plan has been to create a cultural district of international esteem, integrating the existing crescent-shaped Natural History Museum and incorporating a whole series of new cultural and public facilities.
As a result of the competition, a design team under the leadership of RhineScheme’s landscape architects – together with urban planners and architects from the international scene – has created a dynamic set of cultural spaces, indoor and outdoor, that are connected and unified through the artful use of water as the core design element.
The site encompasses an area measuring about 90 ha with a 10 ha lake at the centre. A vast urban promenade winds through the site for 700 meters, with its focal point and simultaneously the most dramatic viewing point along the 150 meters lakeshore front of Tianjin’s new Opera House.
Like the contrasting sounds of a symphonic crescendo and the unobtrusive melody of a flutist’s solo, the landscape experience of Tianjin’s cultural centre will capture the attention of its visitors.
An ecological park, gardens, plazas, and terraces are surrounding the lake and connect visitors to fine and performing arts as well as science and history, to museums, theatres and library as well as a retail and youth centres.
Yet, the emotive landscapes dedicated to promoting cultural pursuits also provide the simple pleasures of sport and recreation including skating areas, picnicking sites and a host of other opportunities for generations to interact. The grand design concept also includes intimately human-scaled spaces allowing visitors to the park to enjoy meditation in the quiet and serenity of the gardens.
So, while the Culture Park is an international destination, it is designed with the people of Tianjin at its heart.