Kunming is known for year-round spring-like weather and unmatched natural scenery in China. The famed Dian Lake area is especially sought after property for its tourism and commercial value. The location of Kunming’s 7th water treatment plant is no exception. This project is an effort to best cultivate this huge real estate potential while keep- ing the treatment plant in operation. Our design solution provides a bold and ingenious idea for this objective. The 31-acre site is triangular with a small river floating by north east and the beautiful Dian lake lies in its south and west.
Our team helped to develop a program for a hotel, corporate office, a conference center, ser- vice apartments, retail, and spaces for leisure. All these facilities are to be initially managed by the state-owned company that operates the plant. After comparing design options, we chose the most daring one. It is an elevated L shaped structure that bridges over the water plant. An independent deck of looped walkway is built at 10 meters above ground, in addition to connecting pedestrians among new facilities, this deck will take visitors and residents alike to look over the plant (get an education about water quality and environment), and venture out to the bar streets by the river for some fun. Circulations below this deck is mostly for plant operation that is kept separate from access points.
Hotels, retail, and conferences are located in the three points of the L. For seismic protection, the monumental L is made of the aforementioned three buildings and connected with lightweight bridges that work as sky-links essentially. Several green courtyards, sky gar- dens and open atria are also included in the L to break down the solid mass. It is an elegant structure on the lake shore, like a bird ready to take off. It provides a poetic design illustration for an economic model to utilize unused real estate in the city.