The landscape design draws its inspiration from the architectural style of the Ming Palace, as well as the beautiful traditional scenes of lantern boats on the Qinhuai River. The floating lantern boats create light and shadow on the gently flowing water which are interpreted into the concepts and elements to reflect the history and culture of Qinhuai.
Descending into the sunken courtyard the display area also has a large central water feature on which more lantern sculptures reflect against the slowly spreading ripples. Located within a mature tallow tree that casts picturesque reflections on the waterscape. Within the sunken courtyard the feature steel staircase provides both pedestrian passage and EVA function and is consistent in style with the sight-viewing ‘box’ at the upper level. Creating a viewpoint to
admire the courtyard below, the view box is a feature in itself. With other elements including white marble benches, ancient-style turquoise brick paving, ripple patterned copper foil and design elements that resemble jade seals, the display area has succeeded in creating a poetic modern interpretation of Qinhuai culture.
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