An Eco-Park that brings a 116-acre social landscape to the heart of a bustling skyscraper district.
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Selected from a group of 5 international firms, Archi-Tectonics won this invited competition for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou/ China. The project faced three major challenges. First, it had to transform a barren 1.6 kilometer site bisected by a major road into an active public landscape. Second, the design had to offer facilities tailor-made for the Games events that would remain useful after they ended, as well as an expansive fitness center an exhibition / visitors center. Third, it had to set the course for sustainable, ecologically conscious development in Hangzhou, one of China’s densest and fastest-growing cities.
Archi-Tectonics incorporated 7 buildings into a recreational landscape that activates the entire site, supported by the exhibition / visitors center as well as a series of public facilities pavilions. All buildings throughout the site utilize a zero-earth landscape strategy: the entire design restores wetlands and transforms the previously flat site into a rolling hillscape. These interventions turn the site into a “Sponge City” that collects, filters, and reuses rainwater for water features, irrigation, plumbing, heating and cooling, and wetlands generation.
Rising from the landscape, the exhibition/visitors center brings indoor and outdoor sculpture gardens and exhibition spaces to the community, functioning simultaneously to and after the broadcasting of the Asian Games themselves. The park extends the activity of the streets into the landscape to add a much-needed green heart to the area, strengthen and diversify the ecology its entire context, and create a new center of public life in Hangzhou that will be used long after the Games end. Activities like nature walks, basketball and skateboarding, shopping, picnics, waterfront dining, community events, and more, are all supported by public facilities integrated into the formal language of this ecological destination.