2022 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Kutao Flower Market

Entrant Company

X+ Studio

Category

Architectural Design - Commercial Building

Client's Name

Qingdao Kutao General Mountain Floral Ecological Park Co., Ltd.

Country / Region

Australia

Located in Qingdao, China, the Kutao Flower Market is the largest and most popular flower market in the city. As part of the redevelopment of the area, the new Kutao Flower Market is conceived as a gateway to the natural world for its visitors. Not only a market place, as a community center, it brings people together and encourage the exchange of knowledge and culture.



Surrounded by green-covered mountains, the Kutao Flower Market enjoys unique scenery. In order to minimize its environmental impact, the project aimed to reduce land cutting as much as possible. The resulting design is four organic volumes growing from the hillside like flowers.



The visitors are firstly greeted by the corolla-shaped canopies. The timber-and-aluminum canopies growing from the slope of the mountain, integrated seamlessly into the natural landscape. The roof terraces that sheltered under the canopies has 360 degree panoramic views to the surrounding. They are used not only for flower trading but also community gathering and culture exchange. The canopies also helps in rain water collection, which makes the building more sustainable.



The organic shape of the building offers great variation of spaces and flexibility. The ‘calyxes‘ of the structure create a courtyard in the middle that brings natural light to the interior of the building. It provides a multi-dimensional shopping experiences for flower enthusiasts and the local community.



By placemaking, a strong sense of community is created here which brings people together. While local business and tourism are promoted, local culture is strengthened.

Credits

Founding Partner / X+ Studio
Jianing Zhu
Founding Partner / X+ Studio
Xiaoyan Wang
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