THUPDI and Tsinghua University recently won the American Society of Landscape Architecture 2012 Honor Award for transforming an abandoned rock quarry in Shanghai into a garden oasis, complete with floating water walkway. After hearing the site had been closed to the public for over a decade, the team spent more than 6 years cleaning, planting, and restructuring the massive space. The final design is a unique multi-layered park that works closely with its quarry roots.
A collection of gardens are sprinkled throughout the upper areas, with plants bursting through rustic walls and fences. A giant metal walkway, which was once a ramp for transporting rocks, descends and curves around the deep water hole, bringing visitors closer to the fresh springs and waterfalls that peacefully flow within breathtaking the space.