The City of Kunshan has a unique history and its people have been responsible for establishing many of the cultural traditions for this region; Kun Opera, canal villages, hairy crab, the Double-headed Lotus flower and a long history of aquaculture production are all notable. As a gateway for the city’s westward expansion, Lotus Lake Park had to define and demonstrate the character of the future public realm in the west.
To maintain the longstanding traditions of the Kun Opera, various facilities were integrated into the landscape and weaved together with a trail. The features and experiences of the Kun Opera culture are gathered into one collection of a mock stage, projection water screen, and a 360° open theater.
This project received a 2013 Honor Award by the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA.source