MVRDV has won a competition to complete a 100,000 square meter recreation and culture center in shanghai’s pudong district. named ‘zhangjiang future park’, the project has been designed as a new focal point for the area, with communal public amenities combining nature, culture, and entertainment. the scheme comprises four venues: a library, an arts complex, a performance facility, and a sports center. the project also involves the realization of numerous public plazas and a 56,000 square meter public park.


all images courtesy of MVRDV

 

 

zhangjiang future park forms part of a high-technology and innovation district for both national and international companies. in addition, the area provides residences for workers and their families who live nearby. ‘we wanted to respect the natural green landscape for zhangjiang future park and drew from its island location separated by two rivers,’ explains nathalie de vries, co-founder of MVRDV. ‘the entire complex will provide high quality public space with public and cultural facilities, making it a place for relaxation and excitement for the people who work and live here.’


buildings emerge like ‘silhouetted cracks in the landscape’

 

 

at the heart of the site, four buildings are topped with accessible green roofs that allow the structures to form an extension of the surrounding parkland. conceived as a ‘second city layer’, the connected buildings offer views of the adjacent river and the wider neighborhood. the green roofs not only ensure biodiversity, but they provide sustainability benefits including stormwater drainage, cleaner air, noise reduction, and energy savings as a result of thermal insulation.


an array of cultural and entertainment facilities are available within walking distance

 

 

below, a recognizable collection of buildings appear to emerge as ‘silhouetted cracks in the landscape’. the structures seek to provide a different perspective depending on where they are viewed from. in completing the project, MVRDV will work alongside co-architects ISA, while rotterdam-based firm openfabric will be responsible for the project’s landscaping.

 

MVRDV is also developing plans for a sports and cultural center in shenzhen, while, elsewhere in china, the firm is nearing the completion of library organized around a mirrored auditorium.


masterplan indicating the scale of the development


axonometric diagram showing the structures with and without their roofs

 

 

project info:

 

location: zhangjiang district, shanghai, PRC
year: 2017
client: zhangjiang group co. ltd.
program: 56,000m2 park combined with 10,000m2 of plazas and 37,000m2 of buildings (a library, an art center, a performance center and a sport center)
budget: undisclosed

 

design: MVRDV — winy maas, jacob van rijs and nathalie de vries
design team: nathalie de vries, wenchian shi, marta pozo gil with marco gazzola, lorenzo mattozzi, enrico pintabona, chiara girolami, shengjie zhan, cai zheli, cosimo scotucci, wenzhao jia, emma rubeillon, chi zhang, ray zhu, chi li
visualization: antonio luca coco, paolo mossa idra, costanza cuccato, davide calabrò, pavlos ventouris and tomaso maschietti

 

partners
co-architect: ISA architecture
landscape architect: openfabric
designers: francesco garofalo, jacopo gennari feslikenian and maria teresa pinna

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