Beijing Garden Expo

2012 International Competition Winner

Challenging the historical paradigm of inward oriented gardens, the Beijing Expo looks out to engage adjacent gardens and its context through an outward oriented composition of overlapping paths, swaths of plantings, and sculpted earthworks activated by movement, light, and time.

The interrelated composition and compression of garden elements define the Beijing International Garden Expo, offering a new perspective on the potentials of 21st century garden design and contemporary design expression. The garden experience choreographs visitors through a cinematic arrangement of bold chromatic juxtapositions, using plants, topography, and garden structures typically experienced in larger landscapes. Visitors are gradually elevated atop sculptural landforms towards a sky bridge; while the incline of the path is gentle, it raises visitors up 12 feet above the ground level of the entry plaza, immersing visitor in an unusually physically and psychologically uplifting perspective of the garden from above. The interrelated organic logic of the planting strategy creates a living painting, expressed as a flourishing carpet of drifting lavender plants with aromatic properties that heighten the sensual qualities of the garden.


Beijing, China



11,000 sf



Exhibition Garden


Design Team

Counts Studio, Landscape Design


Silman, Collaborating Architect

Counts Studio Path Garden at Beijing Expo Garden at Night Showing Signature Bridge Design, Custom Benches and Paving Design.
Counts Studio Bridge in Path Garden from Beijing Expo Garden Photograph.
Counts Studio Pink Bridge at Beijing Expo Garden from Path Garden Design Showing Hot Pink Bridge.
Counts Studio Canopy Walk Photograph of Path Garden from Beijing Expo Garden 2014.
Counts Studio Beijing Expo Garden Photograph of Built Garden from Bridge
Counts Studio Plan drawing and diagrams of Beijing Expo Garden.
Counts Studio Exploded Axon Diagram Drawings of Path Garden from Beijing Expo Garden at International Garden Expo 2014. Maria Debije Counts.
Counts Studio Paper mache color 3d physical model of Beijing Expo Garden 2014.
Counts Studio Beijing Expo Plan and Section Design Syncopation Diagrams
Counts Studio Illustrative perspective drawings. Maria Debije Counts. View from Under Bridge.
Counts Studio Beijing Expo Bird's Eye Perspective of Canopy Walk