Positioned between Mount Lu (a UNESCO world heritage site) and Poyang Lake, the development seeks to promote a balanced lifestyle in provincial areas with a vibrant mix of both private and public uses that encourage eco-responsible living and working.
Within this framework, ‘Wooden Orchids’ offers local residents a vast retail complex that also includes a public library, a sports centre, organic food courts and a farmers market.
From an environmental perspective, a number of technologies have been integrated within the design. Vehicular movement is rationalised to improve and prioritise the pedestrian environment, while a ‘pro-active landscape’ provides open spaces and an informal network of pedestrian links. Streets, plazas and parking areas contribute to capturing water through a series of ‘rain gardens’. Surface water is then filtered through biofiltration means before being released into the wider drainage network.
A passive geothermal cooling and heating system is also employed, while a south-facing orientation strategy incorporates large photovoltaic canopies.
At roof level, a large sky garden integrates children’s playgrounds, food gardens, and sports facilities.
The project recently received an honorary mention as part of an international competition backed by the UIA.