Pagoda Courtyard along the Grand Canal

Novum Design Award

Urban Planning and Landscape Design Category



Project Title

Pagoda Courtyard along the Grand Canal

Project Function

City Plaza

Project Location

Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China

Project Tags

courtyard, plaza, renovation, urban regeneration

Office Name

S&Y Atelier (SEU ARCH)

Team Members

SHEN Yang, YU Haiyang, LANG Yecheng, XIE Bing, JIA Tingli, XU Chunning, LU Qin

Office Link


S&Y Atelier (SEU ARCH)

Project Description

This project is a reconstruction of a courtyard for Ciyun Monastery Guoshi Pagoda along the Jing-Hang Grand Canal (Huai’an Section), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Historically, many cultural and religious buildings have been situated on both sides of the Grand Canal. Among them, the area of the Ciyun Monastery is well-structured and orderly, which sits on the south bank of the canal, Guoshi Pagoda which was rebuilt in the early 21st century is at the end of the central axis.
Considering cultural heritage from the perspective of urban landscape is an effective strategy to understand value and develop design, both the canal and pagoda have multi-faceted relations of water supply, cultural atmosphere, and society.
As a result, we decided to introduce the courtyard, and divide the irregular plot through the organization of the original plane trees and the key landscape elements of the pavilion, room, and corridor, creating a harmonious atmosphere of the riverside between the courtyard and pagoda.
Ultimately, forming an open urban space that faces the canal and wharf, transformed the character of the site from a pagoda belonging to the monastery to one belonging to the people.

Project Link

Image Credits

XU Haohao

Pagoda Courtyard along the Grand Canal


DESIGN SCORE:      /100

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