Tan Xinpei Park - Wuhan, Hubei, China
LLG International won a competition with its proposal for a park, lake, high density residential, and canal retail district in Wuhan, China. The naming of the park is to honor the memory of Tan Xinpei (1847-1917) who was a native of Wuchang (now Wuhan) in Hubei Province. He combined the hu-guang accent and the pronunciation in Central China to form his own articulation style, which gained wide recognition as a model tune in Beijing opera. The park design includes a major outdoor venue for performances by musicians along the shore of the lake, connected by a canal and walkway to the ancient/traditional architecture of the proposed nearby canal retail center. The area was historically a fluctuating wetland as part of a local lake complex. Many were either dredged as open water or turned into aquatic plant farms. To honor and restore some ecological functions, a portion of the park is returned to habitat use as conjoined upland and wetland with a rustic/modern ecological research and visitor center. The center will be built in a wild area with piers and boardwalks making the natural features easily accessible.