Completed in 2013, the Lotus Building appears to be floating on an artificial lake in Wujin, China. It was designed by Australian architecture firm Studio505, who took inspiration from the lotus flower, and integrated its 3 stages of growth into the building's shape. From the new young bud, to the full ripe flower through to the opened bloom with a seed pod within it.
The city government commissioned it to serve as a public park and multi-use space with exhibition and conference rooms that are open to the public. The building extends two stories under water and visitors enter from below into a vaulted, cathedral-like interior space where a combination of colour and light create a bright and uplifting interior atmosphere.
Photography by John Gollings
Studio505 website: www.studio505.com.au