BDP wins urban realm competition in China
The winning design was influenced by both historic and contemporary structures ensuring that they are integrated into the new urban environment and are given a setting that respects their role, style and scale.
Historic buildings and spaces have been identified for restoration, and will be enhanced by the introduction of new surfacing, window frontages, canopies, signage, planting and lighting.
“This project presents a tremendous opportunity to incrementally repair the buildings, public realm and open spaces of the city in away that respects its heritage and the needs of its people,” said
BDP director Nick Edwards.
A new park shaped by topography and a network of pathways that extend from the grain of the city will contain a series of lawned terraces, water channels and shade structures.
A lotus pool with associated waterfalls, interactive fountains and a reflecting solar pool will provide a symbol of regeneration at an important gateway to the city. The pool will provide a focus to the park and will be the setting to its temple and museum. A stone ribbon will provide information on the ancient city and will help to guide people through the park and to the centre of the city.
Pedestrian movement and activity will be encouraged along the historic city wall. The wall is an important connection between the city and its park and will be the point at which old world and new world meet. Individual gardens, planted structures and expansive lawns will create a ‘living wall’, with the capacity to support a broad range of public activities and events.