The new green in Chinese cities
Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: People’s Government of Futian District, Shenzhen
Program: 45 ha Masterplan for the regeneration of a park, Architectural design of 4 buildings – visitor center, library, wedding hall and recycling plant
For Shenzhen standards Xiangmi Park is a historic place. Originally used as a agricultural research center, in recent years and with the quick extension of Shenzhen it has seen a steady decline in its use. With the new surrounding it has the potential to become a city park for the local community while also fulfilling an educational function with the aim of developing a more healthy lifestyle.
The masterplan proposed keeps much of the existing layout but enriches it with more possibilities to experience nature. New landscapes are added that serve as both, recreational open space and educational field.
The buildings in the park seek to engage with the nature around them in many different ways. Rather than being an intrusion, they are devices that reveal some of the qualities of the local natural environment. In doing so, they stand in the tradition of classical Chinese garden architecture and at the same time they are activators in a contemporary and accessible open park.
2014 Concept, Design Development
Park design 2nd Prize, Library & Visitor Center 1st Prize
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Pinar Bozoglan, Li Qian, Martin Probst, Brechtje Spreeuwers, Magdalena Szczypka, Roland Winkler