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. 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.
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.