LAVA’s design for a leisure masterplan in southeastern China is inspired by nature - the structure and patterns of a leaf.
The leaf layout allowed the integration and shaping of the main elements of the site – zoo, botanical gardens and theme park – along a continuous main axis.
And each part of the mixed-use entertainment master-plan references nature’s geometric beauties - from streams and tributaries, branches and trees, shells and corals, to birds’ nests and cells.
LAVA’s design was for six key areas: the zoo entrance gate, a conference centre, indoor and outdoor markets, a north gate information/ticket point, bio-dome research laboratories and a theatre.
The design for these components draws on local cultural elements such as the dragon tail, traditional gates and rice terraces, whilst the environmental design solutions include sustainable bamboo and wood structures, performance driven structures, optimal building massing and low carbon strategies [solar, water, wind etc].