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An architectural bureau and design agency from England, "Plasma Studio" has been commissioned to design the International Horticultural Fair in Xi’an, China. Construction started just now in September 2009. The project, titled "Flowing Gardens", was generated as a synthesis of horticulture and technology where landscape and architecture converge at a sustainable and integral vision. The proposal comprises of a 5000 square meters exhibition hall, a 4000 square meters greenhouse and a 3500 square meters gate building sitting in a 37 HA landscape. The fair will open in 2011, receiving approximately 200,000 visitors a day. The design team includes "Arup" (structural and civil engineering) and "Groundlab" (landscape design). The design team is headed by Jorge Ayala, Mehran Gharleghi, Evan Greenberg and Hossein Kachabi. Construction has already begun for this massive project.

The master plan functions as a woven network of landscape, circulation and architecture. ‘The conceptual master plan is strikingly similar to an estuary. The circulation flow begins as a single stream, and then broadens, branching out to form the borders of garden spaces … the flowy circulation heavily influenced the buildings in the conceptual phase,’ stated Olivia Chen, a designer for Plasma Studio.

The massive proposal is comprised of a 5000 sqm exhibition hall, a 4000 sqm greenhouse and a 3500 sqm gate building, all situated in the 37 hectares landscape.  The fair, which will receive approximately 200,000 visitors a day, provides four different climatic zones of plants and flowers.

Although the buildings are experienced as individual elements, they are connected through the relationship they each have with the landscape. The buildings are specifically situated into the site at certain points to illustrate specific qualities of the dynamic landscape. One enters the site along the major axis of the gardens through the gate building which creates a public meeting space and frames views of the gardens. The exhibition center seems to extend past the landscape to showcase the lake and the views of the South Hill. The greenhouse, at the peak of the hill, connects various landscape features due to its central location.


Project: Xi’an Horticultural Exhibition 2011
Credit: Plasma Studio
Architect: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Design team: Jorge Ayala, Nicoletta Gerevini, Evan Greenberg, Hossein Kachabi, Nadia Kloster, Steve de Micoli, Filippo Nassetti, Alfredo Ramirez
Collaborator: ARUP/ GROUNDLAB
Client: Chang’an Ecological District
Location: Xi’an City, China
Use: Landscape/ Cultural
Site area: 37 Hectares
Bldg. Area: 12, 000 square meters
Design year: 2009
Completion year: 2011

World Horticultural Expo 2011

Xi’an was chosen to host the 2011 World Horticultural Exposition by the Association of International Producers of Horticulture (AIPH) at its 59th congress, held at Brighton, United Kingdom on September 4, 2007. The 2011 World Horti-Expo will be held from April 11 to October 11, 2011. The exhibition will be located in a new district of the city, Chanba district, and is expected to bring some 10 million visitors to Xi’an. Source: Wikipedia

Who is Plasma Studio

Plasma Studio was founded by Eva Castro and Holger Kehne in London in 1999 and quickly came to recognition through a range of small innovative residential and commercial refurbishment projects in London, that all share a consistency in innovation, appropriateness and quality.

Since then Plasma has expanded into Europe with a second office location in Sesto near Bolzano, Italy, lead by partner Ulla Hell. These two studio locations work dialectically: in London its multicultural staff is immersed in a fast-moving, diverse and urban culture, whereas in Bolzano- an area of outstanding natural beauty and strong local crafts tradition- the work is developed from engaging with nature, the landscape and local materials.


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