Designs by Anthony Walker and Partners (AWP) for the development of a major civic space in China has been given the green light
Honshan Plaza, in the city of Wuhan, will accommodate a new road tunnel and underground subway station. Construction work will commence shortly and should be concluded in the next 12 months.
AWP’s concept blends old and new. One element that will be retained is an impressive memorial to Dong Biwu, a communist leader during the regime of Mao Zedong. With open ‘arms’ outstretched, the figure continues to embrace the surrounding plaza and cityscape, but will be accompanied by a memorial wall stretching across the entire width of the square.
Dominating the west side of the square will be a large reed bed water sculpture, while the arc of the square is defined in bands of granite paving symbolic of the local Yangtze and Hanshui rivers.
Covering an area of 50,775 m², the Plaza will be lit by a ring of post-mounted luminaries and controlled ground level LEDs, flooding the space with captive light and movement. Additional features include an innovative performance space that will provide direct access to the subway.
Situated in the Hubei province of central China, Wuhan has a population of more than nine million residents and the city has shared a healthy trade and investment relationship with the UK, since being twinned with Manchester in 1986.