20. Aug 2014

The Lotus Building and People’s Park in Wujin/China

Photos: John Gollings

In Asia the lotus flower has a wealth of symbolic meaning. The flower is the epitome of a mystical plant. It symbolises purity (lotus effect), perfection (beauty), religion (Buddhism) and the night, because it blossoms in the dark. Both peace and wisdom are associated with the lotus flower.

The Lotus Building in Wujin/China and the 35,000 square metre People´s Park in which it is located were designed by the architects from studio 505. The building and the park assimilate the symbolism of the lotus flower and were built to create a new civic landmark for the Wujin District. At the same time they provide a cultural anchor for the local community. Soft, colour-changing light radiating from the structure generates a magical, calming atmosphere.

The lotus-shaped conference centre is set within an artificial lake and integrated into the existing public realm. Apparently randomly hand laid white, beige and yellow-pink stainless steel hexagon mosaic tiles cover all exterior and interior surfaces. The building itself is embedded within colossal, metal-framed petal structures, which in turn render the tripartite building as a lotus bud, a partially open lotus blossom, and a lotus flower in full bloom. A specially choreographed lighting sequence provided by the fixtures mounted in the water and on the metal ribs illuminates the metallic petals in a combination of subtle natural colours. The sequence last for 20 seconds before fading into the next combination of changing colour. The majority of coloured light effects consist of subtle pink hues which fade into mauve or blue. The slow colour-changing sequences lend the building peace and calm.

The bespoke seven-metre high pendant chandelier at the apex of the main building is visible from the outside through the extensively glazed facade. It is shaped similar to a lotus pistil and delivers bright white light in the main conference circulation zone. The chandelier can be regarded as a highlight or as a supplement to the colour-changing feature.

Many buildings in Chinese cities are colourfully lit using fast-changing intensive shades of red, green and blue. This wide use of LEDs leaves the towns and cities pulsating with intensive colour. The subtle use of colour-changing on the symbolic Lotus Building aims to bring depth to the community and set a new standard for architectural ambition in the area.


Project team:

Client: Wujin District People’s Government
Architects: studio505

Products applied:

AC XB 36 RGB luminaires, Traxon
LED floodlight with RGB colour change, Philips
LS353 inground luminaires, Lumascape

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