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An Eco-Park that brings a 116-acre social landscape to the heart of a bustling skyscraper district.

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CHALLENGE
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.

INNOVATION
Archi-Tectonics incorporated 7 buildings into a recreational landscape that activates the entire site. The 2 stadiums on opposite ends of the site serve as anchors, and are connected by a pedestrian valley that passes under the road. Named the Valley Village Mall, this pedestrian spine is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and outdoor gathering areas. To transition the park after the games, the design supports uses ranging from shopping to hiking, birdwatching, boating, outdoor concerts, and major cultural events. Using a zero-earth landscape strategy, the 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.

IMPACT
The park extends the activity of the streets into the landscape to add a much-needed green heart to the area, strengthens and diversifies the ecology its entire context, and creates a new center of public life in Hangzhou that will be used long after the Games end. The design is well-equipped to house activities like nature walks, basketball and skateboarding, shopping, picnics, waterfront dining, community events, and more.

Credits

Year: Competition won: 2018, Construction phase: 2020, Substantial completion: 2021
Location: Hangzhou, China
Client: Government: Gongshu District City Village Reconstruction Department
Project Type: 116-acre eco park with 2 stadiums, shopping mall, exhibition/visitors and fitness centers, and 2 parking garages for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
Size: 46.7 hectare park (116 acres), 35,000 m2 Table Tennis stadium (5000 seats)(375,000 ft2), 15,000 m2 Field Hockey stadium (5000 seats)(160,000 ft2), 36,000 m2 commercial mall (387,500 ft2), 23,00 m2 fitness center (250,000 ft2), 18,000 m2 exhibition/visitors center and park facilities (194,000 ft2) and 68,000 m2 underground parking with green roofs and natural ventilation (732,000 ft2)
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Justin Korhammer | Main Designers: Paul Starosta, Max Boerman | Archi-Tectonics Team: Dongliang Li, Maud Fonteyne, Soyeon Cha, Boden Davies, Alex Bahr, Dan Rothbart, Bowen Qin
Consultants:
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
Transport Planning: Mobility in Chain, Italy
Mechanical Engineers: Ryan Soames Engineering
Collaborators: !melk Landscape Design | UAD Research group, Hangzhou, China
Renderings and Diagrams: Archi-Tectonics | MIC | !melk
Animation: !melk
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