Magma is the Inspiration — A Look at a Chinese Park Built to Avoid Obesity

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5 min readJun 14, 2023

Landscape architecture is often overlooked in the world of architecture — but it can be a very powerful tool for enhancing any part of architecture, small communities, and large cities. This project is a perfect example of that power.

Today’s showcase takes us all the way to China, Ordos, China to be exact, in the Kangbashi District. Within this district there are two major education institutions: Kangbashi №9 Primary School, and on the west side is Ordos Applied Technology College. To the north of both of these places is a natural red sandstone slope.

Aerial View, behind the design you can see the raw red stone that once covered the entire lot.

Surrounding these two institutions are residential areas and the typical things you would find in any district, but one crucial thing was missing: outside leisure activity venues.

Site Plan

So the design team, called Daikosha Architectural Design, looked at the existing site conditions and resources aiming to combine environmental characteristics while taking into consideration nature, sustainability, and national fitness. Luckily the project is located near transportation making the site…




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