Blossom Gate is an artistic new take on the function of a gate that complements its surrounding landscape. The visually striking bamboo structure, a sight to be seen on its own, references the surrounding natural environment and is meant to physically convey the endings of brushstrokes seen in Asian calligraphy and ink paintings.
Designed by Vienna-based firm Prechteck, the giant threshold seeks to act as a window rather than a wall for visitors to the Xiangyiang flower park in China. Rather than setting strict exit and entrance points, the designers created a wider opening and built a steep set of stairs inside the curved, blossoming form to allow pedestrians to enter and take a moment to rest. The structure also serves as a meeting point, a sort of landmark for groups to gather at, as well as a vantage point for visitors to take in the scenery.
The project is expected to be completed later this year.